The New York Institute For Special Education

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· Serving Students with Special Needs since 1831 ·
Camp Wanaqua Tandem bike trip

Camp Wanaqua

Schermerhorn Valedictorian speaking at the 2019 Graduation ceremony

Schermerhorn - Van Cleve Graduation

Readiness student holding his diploma smiles with his family

Readiness Graduation 2019

Readiness Program Graduation

Readiness Program Graduation

Van Cleve student on a tricycle
Middle Schoolers with NY Islanders

Middle Schooler with NY Islanders


The 2020 Virtual Spring Concert

The New York Institute for Special Education(NYISE) is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonsectarian educational facility which provides quality programs for children who are blind or visually disabled, emotionally and learning disabled and preschoolers who are developmentally delayed.

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The school was founded in 1831 as The New York Institution for the Blind as one of the first schools in the United States to provide an educational program for children who were blind or visually impaired.
Early in the twentieth century, the name was changed to The New York Institute for the Education of the Blind to emphasize the educational character of the school.
This website has an extensive history of the school, and a major collection of disability links called the Blindness Resource Center and hundreds of photos of our school activities. 
We run a Summer camp every year. Camp Wanaqua is the only free summer day camp for blind and visually impaired children in the New York metropolitan area.  A place where blind or visually impaired children can unwind, unplug and engage with their peers, Camp Wanaqua takes place on our main campus in the Bronx for six weeks in July and August, Monday - Thursday (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM).

Please consider supporting our latest fundraising appeal. 

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2020 Sports Awards

We had an inspiring speaker Mr.Ronald Hawthorne USA Judo champion and Paralympian.

The NYISE Rose Garden

Students and staff miss one of the great features of our 17-acre campus - our Rose Garden. It is just entering its annual splendor and soon to be the site of the annual Senior Rose Ceremony. While it will be virtual and online, it will be a tradition that we will attempt to keep during these trying times. Music: Eric Tingstad And Nancy Rumbel, "Pastorale" Photographer: Bernadette Kappen
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