The Readiness Program - Admissions
The Readiness Program provides special education services to children ages 3-5. Students who have been identified as a preschooler with a disability and have a recommendation for special education are placed in the program through their local Committee on Preschool Special Education. The program offers varied classroom sizes and related therapy services to the students in the program. Once a child has been recommended for a program, parents are advised to visit schools that might be appropriate for their child. Parents should call The Readiness Program to ask for a tour of the program. It is highly recommended that parents bring any paper work, including the CPSE recommendations, with them at the time of this visit.
Intake Process for Schermerhorn and Van Cleve Programs
The intake process starts with a call to our Intake Social Worker or to the Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services. We will ask for the child’s current IEP and the latest evaluations. A tour will be scheduled if we feel that The New York Institute for Special Education may have an appropriate educational placement for the student.
We need to receive approval from the New York State Education Department to evaluate a child. Once we receive this approval, an intake is scheduled. Our multidisciplinary team will meet with the child and the parents to determine educational strengths and needs.
We will then review our evaluations and recommendations with the parents. If a child is recommended for placement in The Schermerhorn or The Van Cleve Program, a Committee on Special Education meeting is requested.
If the Committee on Special Education recommends placement at The New York Institute, we request final approval from The New York State Education Department. Bus transportation is arranged by the local school district when we receive final approval.
Please contact Ms. Joedith Medrano, Intake Social Worker, at 718-519-7000,
extension 378, or Ms. Lois Dougan, Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services at 718-519-7000, extension 454, for more information.
Camp Wanaqua - Admissions
Camp Wanaqua serves children ages seven though thirteen. Approximately thirty campers attend the camp each summer. Children are referred to the camp by parents, New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) counselors and by teachers of the visually impaired in New York City and lower Westchester. Applicants must be registered with the CBVH. Free bus transportation is available campers who are registered with the CBVH.
As the only Summer Camp program in New York City for children that are blind or visually impaired, Camp Wanaqua is truly a unique offering of NYISE. Totally dependant on private support the camp provides children with classes, field trips, and activities that focus on the development of critical life skills. Applications are accepted each Spring.