Association Co-Chair Bernadette Kappen Testifies at State Budget Hearing

February 26, 2021

The Association’s 2021 Advocacy Video Campaign

January 26, 2021

Schools for NY’s Blind, Deaf and Severely Physically Disabled Advocate for State Budget Resources

February 28, 2018


State Leaders Recognize Achievements Of New York’s Blind, Deaf and Severely Disabled Students

April 12, 2017

Students from St. Mary’s School for the Deaf give a big thanks to NY legislators.

March 27, 2017

Sophie and Levi give thanks from the Lexington School for the Deaf.

March 23, 2017

Michael, a NYISE senior, joins the Schools Association in thanking NYS legislators for their support.

March 23, 2017

Mya gives a heartfelt thank you from Henry Viscardi School to NYS legislators.

March 23, 2017

Albany Advocacy Efforts Capture Statewide Attention for Schools

March 2, 2017

Representatives from the 4201 Schools Association were featured on Capital Tonight – the must-see evening news program focusing on the state’s top government-related stories. Association vice-chair Tim Kelly and Lauren Bronneberg, parent of a St. Mary’s School for the Deaf student, were interviewed.

Advocates for Blind, Deaf And Severely Disabled In Albany Today

March 1, 2017

Advocates for schools representing blind, deaf and severely physically disabled students will be in Albany today for the annual 4201 Schools Association Advocacy Day.

Students, teachers, administrators and families will ask lawmakers to continue their support for children with low-incidence disabilities.

Testimony Presented to Fiscal Committees of the New York State Legislature Hearing On FY 2017-2018 Executive Budget, February 14, 2017, Albany, New York

February 27, 2017

A Video Greeting from Henry Viscardi School: A Brief History and Today’s Critical Infrastructure Needs

February 23, 2017


A Video Greeting from St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf: A Brief History and Today’s Critical Infrastructure Needs

February 22, 2017


Video: Cleary School for the Deaf: A Brief History and Critical Infrastructure Needs

February 21, 2017


Advocates For Blind, Deaf and Severelly Disabled Students Seek Funding Parity

February 14, 2017

Advocates for schools representing blind, deaf and severely physically disabled students will be in Albany today to testify before the Joint Legislative Committee focused on Elementary & Special Education.

Advocates Come in All Sizes and Shapes

February 14, 2017


A video greeting from St. Mary’s: A brief history and today’s capital needs

February 8, 2017


Schools within the association welcome state lawmakers and their staff members today; seeking “Par3” funding – or budget parity – to address aging infrastructure.

March 10, 2016


Learn about St. Joseph’s School, the Lavelle School, the New York Institute for Special Education, Cleary School and Henry Viscardi School.


 Assembly TV Show Gives a Voice to Advocacy Day

March 2, 2016

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin of Westchester County, host of “Assembly Update,” interviewed St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf Executive Director Debra Arles regarding the association’s advocacy positions as the legislature discusses the 2016-17 state budget.

Posted: February 24, 2016


Save the date

All schools should be Smart Schools

Let’s give New York’s deaf, blind and severely disabled students the opportunity to connect to a brighter future.

The Schools Association asks the governor and the Legislature to support a 3.8-percent funding increase to schools serving the state’s deaf, blind and severely physically disabled students.

NEW ACTION ALERT: Advocate For Special Needs Students On National Call-In Day, June 27

4201 Schools Association 2013 Education Budget Testimony

March 5, 2013 – 4201 Schools Association Albany Advocacy Day


Rochester School for the Deaf Students with Assemblyman David F. Gantt (137th A.D.)



On May 22, 2012 Lexington School for the Deaf held its Annual Lexington School vs. Legislators Basketball Game at Albany High School. The Lexington Blue Jays Won the Game 56-43. 

Pictured Above with the Blue Jays is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblymembers Aubry, Boyle, Braunstein, Camara, Curran, Cusick, DenDekker, Fitzpatrick, Johns, Kearns, Malliotakis, Rodriguez, Tedisco, Thiele and Wright, as well as Senators Gallivan and Zeldin. 

Read How New York’s Schools for the Blind, Deaf and Severely Disabled Strive to Elevate Disability Awareness Every Day.


Assemblyman Mike Cusick, Chair of the Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities presents the Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. advocacy award to Clifton Perez who is a Systems Advocate at the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley. Patrice Kuntzler and Mark Turan, representatives of the Viscardi School attended the New York State Assembly Legislative Disabilities Awareness Day to congratulate Clifton.