Tradewinds Education Center

Special Education Personnel: Click here to refer students from your district to the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Tradewinds Education Center.


Upstate Cerebral Palsy provides a multitude of services for school-age children affected by a developmental disability.

The Tradewinds Education Center of Upstate Cerebral Palsy, a comprehensive educational and residential facility with two locations in Rome, NY and Utica, NY, instructs students ages 5 to 21 who are placed in classrooms based upon their skills and level of special needs.

Students are admitted into Tradewinds after being diagnosed with severe behavioral and developmental disabilities and/or with co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Students usually have been evaluated as having mental retardation with or without a co-occurring psychiatric disorder, autism spectrum disorders, or a traumatic brain injury.

The primary emphasis of the program is to reduce inappropriate or maladaptive behaviors through behavior management to assist students in learning effective coping skills. Staff at Tradewinds assists students in managing their own behaviors so that learning can occur in a therapeutic environment. Here, they develop appropriate social skills and normalize functional behavior and increase functional methods of communication.

Teachers, aides, counselors, therapists, nurses, administrators and other support personnel are all located within the center to provide professional services to the more than 70 students in attendance. With state-of-the-art facilities, Tradewinds houses 13 classrooms, a gymnasium, library, music room and cafeteria.  

Students also engage in instruction found in a typical middle school or high school setting, such as art, music and physical education classes. To help meet their special needs, students may also receive psychotherapy through a certified school counselor, physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as vocational instruction and training.

A large percentage of our student body also lives in our residential houses. During after-school hours and on weekends, these children receive additional services, continuing to learn and grow.

In conjunction with the State Education Department, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and the Commission on Quality Care, Tradewinds enhances the skills of all its young attendees.

For more information, contact Nancy Seller, Senior Vice President for Education Services at (315) 798-4006 ext. 225 or

Download our intake application here.

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