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, please contact:

Ithaca Partnership Program:  Anne Bernstein – (607) 351-4375  anneb@racker.org

Cortland Partnership Program:  Linda Kline – (607) 342-7860  lindak@racker.org