Special Education

NYS School for the Blind, photos of the students
Health Services

The goal of the NYSSB Health Center is to provide efficient, effective, individualized, integrated, high quality health services to each student.  The level and type of services provided will be based on need and as indicated by law and regulation.


How to Reach Us | Services Offered


How can we be reached?

Toll Free Number:1-877-NYSSFTB  (1-877-697-7382)
Nurse Administrator: ext. 363
Health Center Nursing Staff: ext. 358
Fax Number: (585) 345-4055

Health Center staff are committed to our mission and with assisting you in maintaining your child’s health so he/she may fully participate in the education program.  We request that all medical issues be shared directly with the Health Center nurses to avoid miscommunication.

If your child is in a 5-day residential or day placement at the school we provide all daily nursing services as indicated on the IEP, emergency services, communication with your child’s Primary Care Physician and a variety of other medical services, per your consent.


What services do we provide?

Services available to all students:

  • Daily Nursing Services
  • Physician Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Laboratory Services

Registered Nurses are on duty 24 hours a day, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday evening until Friday at 3:00 p.m. A Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurses are assigned to all shifts.  Nurses administer all medications and provide any medical care for your child as identified in their individual health care plan.  They also provide any first aid or emergency care for them.  The nurse will notify you if your child is ill, injured, is seen by the school physician, or requires emergency services.  They will also contact you if additional health information is needed.

A contract physician comes to the school twice a week for evaluation of acute medical issues and school physicals. The contract physician is on-call for telephone consultation with the school nurses twenty-four hours a day, five days a week.

The United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) is 3 blocks from the school.  If a child has a medical emergency or an injury (requiring more than first aid) your child will be transported immediately for evaluation and treatment by the ER physicians.

A laboratory technician is contracted to come to the school twice a month and as needed to draw blood for laboratory testing and follow up as ordered by the students' primary care provider or the school physician.

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Last Updated: September 17, 2012