A Welcome Message
from the Director...
Welcome to the Southwest Cook County Cooperative
Association for Special Education (SWCCCASE) website! SWCCCASE has
provided low incidence special education programs and services for
eleven public school districts,
117 North Palos,
142 Forest Ridge, 145 Arbor Park,
146 Tinley Park
160 Country Club Hills,
210 Lemont High School,
228 Bremen, and
230 Consolidated High School
for over fifty years. Our dedicated staff members
understand the unique strengths and needs of our students and are
committed to “Opening the world through education to children and young
adults with diverse abilities.” This is exemplified by Southwest
Cooperative’s outstanding national reputation for implementing high
quality innovative educational services for students with disabilities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the SWCCCASE Administrative
team, I welcome you to explore our website to learn more about the
programs and services provided by our Cooperative.
Attention All Special Olympics Volunteers!
The new Special Olympics
website is now available. Currently, all crucial
information for volunteers can be found here. Complete
the necessary forms and even order your team t-shirt!
New this year, all volunteers must complete a
Protective Behaviors Quiz. See the volunteers page
Check the site periodically for updates for our
athletes, parents, and other events associated with
If you have any questions regarding Special Olympics,
please be sure to contact coach
Charlie Rowe at
Go Team Southwest!
Save the Date!
Orientation Date Set
We are pleased to announce
that SWCCCASE Orientation will take place on August 9,
2013 at Andrew High School in Tinley Park. This is a
mandatory day of attendance for all SWCCCASE employees.
Please mark your calendars and make your summer plans
Exploring = Learning
The DESTINY Program at Arbor
Park Middle School has been working very hard this year.
We are learning all about the history of America and
have been busy with new projects and adventures.
We love to spend time in the community shopping for
supplies or enjoying a nice lunch.
This year we were also able to visit a music store in
Orland Park while we learned about the Roaring 20s. The
musicians played jazz instruments for us and even let us
try some out on our own.
Bengals Assisting Bengals is a newly piloted class at Oak Forest
High School. This class is taken by both the DESTINY
students and students from the general education
population. Oak Forest HS students had to apply to be
enrolled in the class.
Braun Staff Top Earners for Jeans for Teens Fundraiser
A huge "Thank You" to the Braun staff for their
participation in The Bridge Teen Center's Jeans for
Teens fundraiser program. The Bridge Teen Center is an
innovative grassroots nonprofit community center that
was designed around the interests and needs of the
average suburban teen between 7 and 12th grades. Located
71st Court in Orland Park its mission is to provide free
programs during after-school and unsupervised hours
where students can develop mentally, physically,
emotionally and spiritually in a safe environment.
Currently, Braun staff members Melissa Ferriter and
Stephanie Porter volunteer time at The Bridge and have
seen a few Coop students enjoying the diverse weekday
programs or Friday Night concerts open to local teens.
The Braun staff was the highest grossing fundraising
group, raising over $500 in the Jeans for Teens
promotion and will receive a party hosted at The Bridge
on May 13th as a thank you for their support.
Students Strike it Big Bowling
with Bengals Assisting Bengals
students in our Adapted Physical Education/Bengals
Assisting Bengals go bowling on an almost weekly basis
to Oak Forest Bowl. A small group goes each week, and
students have the opportunity to go 5 times throughout
the school year.
DESTINY students are paired up with the BAB students and
bowl one game. Students look forward to this outing and
have a blast while there!
Elementary Hosts Patriot's Day
The Kerkstra DESTINY Program hosted a Patriot’s Day
Event on September 11th, 2012. Over 200
Kerkstra students had the opportunity to work with
students in the DESTINY Program to make cards for our
U.S. Troops, including Mrs. O’Mahony’s nephew, Pvt.
Daniel Talty - Marines. The students enjoyed completing
this fun service project and working with their peers
from the general education classrooms.