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 to Programs, Enriched Curriculum and Schermerhorn
A variety of elementary students eager to have their first day of schoolUploaded Sep 08, 2017 to Media Gallery, Enriched Curriculum, and 2 more
NYISE’s Readiness Program Class E participates every morning in body movement exercises making it fun through songs and music. The children practice yoga sequence, breathing techniques and relaxing poses. They work on language skills, motor coordination, imitating postures, social skills, following directions, being attentive and much more to get ready to learn.
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 to Your Gift Matters, Enriched Curriculum and Schermerhorn
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 to Programs, Student Life, and 5 more