Today a broad variety of technologies make audio books available to persons with blindness and low vision. Our students use digital audio players to listen to popular fiction and non-fiction books. Students usually have the option of getting their textbooks in Braille and digital audio.
The availability of special record players became known as “talking books” to the blind community started in 1931 with the passing of the Pratt-Smoot Act. This law mandated that literature in braille be provided to adults who are blind through designated libraries nationwide.
In 1932, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) began work on sound recordings and developed some of the first test recording that included the book Midstream by Helen Keller and the poem The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
The Library of Congress receives its first shipment of Talking Books in 1934 from AFB with titles that include the Book of Psalms and the Declaration of Independence. The American Printing House for the Blind recorded its first audio book, Gulliver’s Travels, in 1936.
Today, books are read in Braille and using digital book readers from downloaded files. Websites like Bookshare.org and LearningAlly.org provide over a half million popular books and text books to students and adults.
A thank you video to those that made Camp Wanaqua possible for the children. Special recognition goes to the 2017 Sponsors and Supporters: Rossiter Financial Group, Inc., JS Concrete & Masonry, LLC, Hinman Straub P.C., Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Gundermann & Gundermann, Inc., Cook Maran & Associates, Readers Digest Partners for Sight Foundation and The NYISE Board of Directors.
Music: Justin Timberlake "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" Created by: Christopher Busone
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 Programs and Schermerhorn
A variety of elementary students eager to have their first day of schoolUploaded Sep 08, 2017. Also listed in Media Gallery, Educational Resources and Schermerhorn
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. Also listed in Your Gift Matters 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. Also listed in Programs, Student Life, and 4 more
Check out what the class of 2017 had to say about themselves.Uploaded Jun 02, 2017. Also listed in Educational Resources, Schermerhorn and School Life
Each year the program holds a fund raiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Photos of the event are available in the Media Gallery in the Readiness section.
Spring Concert 2017Uploaded May 20, 2017. Also listed in Music
Music by Jonathan Gardner, Dance by Jayden D. HiggsUploaded May 20, 2017. Also listed in Music