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Program Description Handbook 2018-19

Allowances to State-Supported Schools for the Blind, Deaf, Severely Physically Disabled and Severely Emotionally Disturbed


The allowances to 11 State-supported schools provide for the education of students who are deaf, blind, severely physically or emotionally disabled under §4201 of the Education Law and Chapter 1060 of the Laws of 1974.  The State-supported schools receiving aid under this Program are:

     Schools for the Deaf:

            Cleary School for the Deaf, Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County)

            Lexington School for the Deaf, New York (Queens)

            Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, Mill Neck (Nassau County)

            New York School for the Deaf, White Plains (Westchester County)

            Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester (Monroe County)

            St. Francis DeSales School for the Deaf, New York (Brooklyn)

            St. Joseph's School for the Deaf, New York (Bronx)

            St. Mary's School for the Deaf, Buffalo (Erie County)

     Schools for the Blind:

            New York Institute for Special Education, New York (Bronx)

            Lavelle School for the Blind, New York (Bronx)

     Schools for Physically Disabled Children:

            Henry Viscardi School, Albertson (Nassau County)

Chapter 1066 of the Laws of 1974, which added §4204-a to the Education Law, provides for State reimbursement of tuition costs for the education of deaf infants below the age of three, and their parents attending programs approved by the Commissioner at various public and private facilities, including schools for the deaf listed in §4201 of the Education Law.

Chapter 58 of the laws of 2011 amended sections 4204, 4204-a, 4204-b and 4207 of the Education Law to require school districts, beginning with the 2011-12 school year, to pay tuition for the ten-month school year based on a per pupil charge to the §4201 schools in the first instance.  The State reimburses a school district for the positive difference between its tuition payments and basic contribution. The State pays the §4201 schools directly for summer school special education programs, their ten-month school year deaf infant program, residential maintenance costs, and also any applicable Dormitory Authority debt service costs.



Federal Statute:       

Federal Regulation: 

State Statute:             Education Law Sections 4201 and 4204-a

State Regulation:      8NYCRR Part 200



State-                           135.8m


Special Revenue-       

Total-                           $135.8m

Last updated
December 7, 2018 - 3:51pm