TIES Program (Together Including Every Student)

  • "Together Including Every Student" (TIES) is a program that is available to students in the Amherst School District.

    It gives students with developmentally disabilities (ages 8-21) the opportunity to join extracurricular, community and recreational activities of their choice with support from trained student volunteers in grades 8-12, who receive training and an individual support plan that describes the participants needs.

    It's a terrific experience that offers friendship, growth, and socialization for both its participants and volunteers.

    TIES provides opportunities for its participants and volunteers to develop:


    • Community and school connections
    • Leisure skills
    • Friendships


    Participants and volunteers join activities based on the participants choice. There are activities such as Scouts, intramurals, after school clubs and activities, summer camps and classes through Amherst Recreation Center and the YMCA. The volunteers will give needed support to the participant in the activity.

    This is a great opportunity for those interested in psychology, social work, or teaching, or those who simply want to make a positive difference in their community.


    If you know someone who would benefit as a TIES participant or if you would like more information about becoming a volunteer, please contact your schools TIES Coordinator Erin Cogan 362-3073/ecogan@amherstschools.org or our special education & PPS office 362-3063.

    Below are some of our more recent pictures taken during our "Ties Mixer" getting students and families together in an attempt to grow interest, participation and relationships among our fantastic Amherst Students:



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