For over 60 years, the Institute had a separate Deaf-Blind Department. The original building that opened in 1938 is now where the business office and museum are located. It was a significant program that was very innovative and progressive since its inception.
From 1964-1965, before the development of a vaccine against the disease, a rubella epidemic swept the United States. Of children whose mothers are infected during their first trimester of pregnancy, studies suggest that between 50% and 90% would suffer from Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS). During that short period, there were 12.5 million cases of rubella. Twenty thousand children were born with CRS: 11,000 were deaf, 3,500 blind, and 1,800 mentally retarded. It was this epidemic that lead to the Institute building Frampton Hall which severed this population for over 30 years.
As this population grew out of school age, the Institute started our current pre-school program in Frampton Hall. 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.
Sampling of the activites by our talented artists in Art Class with Dan LubinerUploaded Sep 09, 2017. Also listed in Enriched Curriculum
A variety of elementary students eager to have their first day of schoolUploaded Sep 08, 2017. Also listed in Media Gallery and Enriched Curriculum
Kelsey Lora sings this remarkable version of "For Good" from the Broadway musical "Wicked". It was amazing and inspirational to all the graduates and staff. Thank you Kelsey for sharing your wonderful talents and know that you have changed us also. To the you we say, start each day believing in your dreams. Know without a doubt that you were made for great things.Uploaded Jun 22, 2017. Also listed in Your Gift Matters and Enriched Curriculum
Short video given to the parents of children graduating from the elementary program to the middle school. The parents provide photos of their children and they are encorporated with photos taken during the school years into a music medley video.Uploaded Jun 07, 2017. Also listed in Student Life, Enriched Curriculum, and 3 more
Check out what the class of 2017 had to say about themselves.Uploaded Jun 02, 2017. Also listed in Enriched Curriculum, Educational Resources and School Life
On February 15, the staff organized a surprise congratulatory assembly for Dr. Kappen honoring her Schloss award in the main gymnasium. We managed to keep it a secret from her and she was greeted by a raucous crowd of students and staff. A short video was played with congratulations by a variety of staff and students.Uploaded Feb 15, 2017. Also listed in Enriched Curriculum, Educational Resources, and 3 more
Adam Balkin, Technology reporter for NY1 discusses the NYISE Technology Program.Uploaded Feb 08, 2017. Also listed in Enriched Curriculum, Educational Resources, and 2 more
The Braille Games created by Nachum Lehman and Meir Naiman are a very exciting development in education and entertainment for children with blindness and visual impairments. I have used the games with children ranging in age from 5-21.
All my students are excited to have some new and completely accessible games to play.
Younger students are able to practice and develop Braille skills while using the Memory and Matching Games. In addition to developing Braille skills, the Hangman Game enables my students to practice spelling skills.
As a teacher, I especially enjoy the ability to author the games and target specific letters, words or sounds. Being able to increase the level of difficulty affords the opportunity for older students and even adults to enjoy Hangman as an appropriate leisure activity.
All the games work with a Braille display and/or a QWERTY keyboard. I have used these games with students who have average sight and Learning Disabilities. This encourages turn taking, sharing and typing skills. The educational modules that can be created are limited only by my imagination!
Video played to the staff during Staff Development Day at the opening of the 2016-2017 school year.Uploaded Oct 18, 2016. Also listed in Enriched Curriculum, Educational Resources and PhotoBlog Archives