Last week, we welcomed back nearly 300 students to NYISE for a year of learning, exploration, and enrichment, and invite you to check out our back-to-school photos by clicking here .

Looking ahead we have many wonderful opportunities planned, including our annual White Cane Day parade, National Blind Sports Day celebration, and school-wide Pep Rally that unofficially kicks off our 2019/2020 Athletics Program. 

As our students learn to navigate our campus and memorize their schedules, they do so knowing that NYISE is a community filled with support and encouragement. 

You are a part of this community, and we thank you for believing in our students as they start this new year of learning, exploration, and growth. 

I hope you and yours have a good week and look forward to keeping you posted on all things NYISE!

Till next time,
Dr. Bernadette Kappen, PhD
Executive Director
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On the first day back to school, our teachers and staff eagerly await the students and greet them when they get off the bus, enter the school building, and visit the library. In the picture above, two NYISE staff are waiting to greet students inside our library. One is seated behind a check-in desk, and the other stands in front of the desk; both are smiling and ready to welcome the kids back for a year that is sure to include lots of reading.
Coming from throughout the five boroughs, some of our students arrive on school buses and are accompanied by a bus matron who helps them throughout their trip. In the picture above, one bus matron is assisting two students (a boy and a girl) as they exit a school bus with their backpacks. The girl is using her white cane, and both are being greeted by two NYISE staff members as they make their way off the bus and onto the sidewalk infront of the school gates.
Other students take the subway or arrive in small mini-vans, including the girl pictured here in a red t-shirt that in pastel letters reads "Smart Girls Will Rule the World." She is being accompanied by a NYISE staff member who is holding her hand as she uses her white cane to make her way through one of our front gates to the school entrance.
Our older students, as well as those returning from last year, are more independent and familiar with the back-to-school routine. Pictured here, one student smiles and looks straight at the camera as he confidently walks by himself to the school entrance with his backpack and headphones on. He is ready to go. We wish all of our students all the best for the year ahead. We are glad to have you back!


Camp Wanaqua 2019 may be over, but our gratitude remains to all those who helped make this summer one of the best yet, including the:

Mrs. Cheever Porter Foundation, Inc.


The New York Institute for Special Education's (NYISE) mission is to provide quality educational programs and support to students and families in a safe, caring environment, and to awaken and inspire student curiosity, lifelong learning, and fulfillment. Our educational programs include the Schermerhorn , Van Cleve and Readiness Programs, and our public programs include Camp Wanaqua . To learn more about our activities throughout the year, visit . Thank you for your interest and support of our efforts!