Specialized Autism Services

Racker serves individuals with diagnoses within the autism spectrum through many programs and services. These include early intervention,preschool special education, child care, the autism lending library, care management services, family resource programs, and residential services.  In our site-based preschool settings we serve children on the spectrum in an integrated classroom setting.

Partnership Program

An Intensive Integrated Classroom Program for Preschoolers

Program: The Partnership Program is an intensive model of classroom instruction in an integrated setting, specialized for preschoolers with autism and related disorders. Our educational methods are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which have been found effective for teaching children of all abilities and diagnoses and has a large body of research demonstrating its effectiveness for children with autism.

Location: Currently Racker has two Partnership classrooms, one in Tompkins County and one in Cortland County, wherein the principles of ABA are employed, however, children with autism, behavioral needs and other developmental disabilities are served in all of our preschool and childcare classrooms in an integrated setting.

Transition Services:

We will work collaboratively with families, school districts and other relevant community members to plan each child’s transition to kindergarten. The program’s emphasis is on preparing the child for success in kindergarten and future school situations.


For more information about the Ithaca PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, please contact Annemarie Mattison at (607) 272-5891, ext. 362.

Information on the Cortland PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM can be obtained by contacting Katie Twigg at (607) 753-9375 x132

Autism Consultation Services 

Information: Racker provides autism consultation services to school districts and classroom teams for students transitioning or already enrolled in school age educational programs. Consultation is provided by a Special Education Teacher who is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst.  This program is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of the student as well as the team.  Some of the services available through this program are:

  • Direct and indirect support services.
  • Training for staff (teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals, transportation staff).
  • Direct support, coaching and modeling of intervention and educational strategies in the classroom setting.
  • Program modification and individualization.
  • Parent training to understand the nature of a student’s disability and aid in program carry-over to home.
  • Team meetings.
  • Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA)/problem behavior intervention.

Services are accessed through the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and added to a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).  For more information, contact Renee Zonder M.S. Ed BCBA LBA at (607) 272-5891 x320.