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Privacy Policy


This privacy policy discloses the privacy practices for NYISE, and applies solely to information collected by this website. It will notify you of the following:

1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

About the Information We Collect
Information collected by NYISE on our website is specifically and knowingly provided by site visitors and may include name, email address, format preference (HTML vs. text), address, telephone number, interests and other similar information. Visitors to our website are invited to share their personally identifiable information by joining our mailing list and signing up for our free NYISE e-news (including our monthly e-newsletter). Click here for details on the frequency of our e-news.

Visitors can also share their personally identifiable information on feedback and comment forms. Information collected through these forms is specifically and knowingly provided by site visitors and may include sensitive information. Collecting this sensitive information helps NYISE better provide site visitors with relevant and useful content.

Visitors to the NYISE’s website are invited to sign up to receive information on news or our services that might be of interest. We also collect the email addresses of those who communicate with us by email. Inquiries may be forwarded to the appropriate NYISE department for response and may be entered into our constituent database. We may send an email inviting these inquirers to visit our website or become more involved with NYISE. Details on how to correct, change or remove personally identifiable information from our email lists are provided in the text of each email distribution to the subscriber.

We limit the use of the information you provide to us to the following:

1. If you provide contact information, we enter your name into our constituent database and may contact you to:
a. Supply you with information including NYISE’s advocacy efforts, programs, and events, as well as related news.
b. Request voluntary monetary contributions to the New York State Institute for Special Education.
2. Seek completion of voluntary surveys seeking feedback for quality and service improvement purposes.

We recognize that you may wish to limit the ways in which we contact you, so we provide the following options for restricting internal and external sharing of your contact information:

1. Do not contact me by telephone.
2. Do not contact me by postal mail.
3. Do not contact me by email.
4. Do not contact me for fundraising purposes.
5. Limit your contact with me to semi-annual mailings only.
6. Do not contact me or share my information with anyone.

Feel free to contact us to notify us of any desired restrictions. If you do not wish to opt out at this time, you may do so at a later date.

IP Address
NYISE collects an IP address from all visitors to our website. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the internet. We may use IP addresses to diagnose problems with our server, administer our website, analyze trends, deliver customized personalized content, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use to improve our website. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Donor Privacy Policy
NYISE does not share, sell, rent, trade or otherwise exploit in any way information collected through our website unless such disclosure is necessary for the purposes set forth in this Policy or by law. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about our programs, request voluntary monetary contributions or make changes to this privacy policy.

NYISE does not store credit card numbers when donations or purchases are made. When an online donation or purchase is completed, credit card information is used solely for the purpose of completing that specific transaction and is not retained in our database.

Your Access to and Control Over Information
You may opt-out of any future contacts from us at any time, and can opt-out of our e-news mailing list by following the "unsubscribe" link at the end of each email. Click here for details on the frequency of our e-news.

Additionally, you can do the following at any time by calling (718) 519-7000 or emailing

1. Request the data we have about you if any.
2. Change/correct any data we have about you.
3. Have us delete any data we have about you.
4. Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the Web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, accounting or fundraising) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Other Websites
As a service to its users, our website provides internal and external links. Links are made known to users via text and spoken directions through the use of screen reader software. Our site contains links to other websites that have information and services that may be helpful.

We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by NYISE's website. NYISE assumes no responsibility for the privacy policies or information collection practices of websites other than its own. NYISE is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information contained on other websites. Linkage to other websites does not imply endorsement by NYISE.

Online Privacy Policy Only
This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Your Consent
By using our website, you consent to this privacy policy.

Contact Us
If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below:

Send email Kim Benissatto at
Send email to
Call (718) 519-7000

Changes to our Privacy Policy
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, send an email notifying you of any changes, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below.

Last reviewed January 17, 2016.