Special Education

Recreation Program

Recreation Program-After Class Activities.

The recreation program at the New York State School for the Deaf provides opportunities for fun, enjoyment, and selfexpression through a wide variety of activities. The services offered focus on the physical, mental, emotional and social functioning of the student with the goal of an independent leisure lifestyle. A wide range of recreational activities are provided to enable the acquisition and application of skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for successful participation in community leisure life.

NYSSD is a beautiful campus located on 17 acres and has outstanding on-site facilities. Students biking

These include:

  • Olympic Sized Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Wellness Center-Exercise Area
  • All Weather Track
  • Beautiful Snack Bar
  • Outdoor Basketball & Tennis Courts
  • Soccer & Softball Field


NYSSD offers a host of opportunities for its students to participate in activities in Rome and the surrounding community. NYSSD’s students are involved in a large number of programs in the community. These include the following:

  • Rome YMCA-Student Memberships
  • King Pin Lanes-Bowling
  • Roller Skating
  • Rome Cinema Theater-Monthly Captioned Films
  • Pinti Field-Summer Playground
  • Tosti Pool-Swim Outings
  • Lake Delta-Hiking & Swimming
  • Syracuse University-Basketball Games @ Carrier Dome
  • Utica Auditorium-Circus
  • Local Resaurants-Dinner & Ice Cream Outings
  • Winter Snow Tubing
  • Jervis Library
  • Many, many more!!!

Students climbing

Intergrated Activities

NYSSD has a long list of programming that consists of both deaf and hearing students. These are outstanding opportunities for leisure skill development and improved social interaction skills. A list of these activities include:

  • Elementary Soccer Program with Rome City Recreation Department
  • Youth Interaction Through Theater Program-Fully Integrated Drama Presentations
  • Sensory Swim Program
  • Boys’ & Girls’ Varsity Soccer Teams
  • Fall & Spring Dances
  • Girls’ & Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team
  • Elementary Swim Program
  • NYSSD Band & Music Group-Integrated Performances
  • Stan Evans Elementary Basketball League
  • Staff/Student Bowling, Volleyball & Softball Contests

Diversity and Variety

NYSSD offers an enormous amount of after school activities for its students. The program is varied and offers students many opportunities to enrich their education during out of class hours. A sample listing is as follows:

  • Student Council
  • Ceramics
  • Intermural Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Ice Skating
  • Cooking Classes
  • Captioned Movies
  • Snow Tubing
  • Winter Festival
  • Jervis Library
  • Shopping Trips
  • Roller Skating
  • Ping Pong Tournaments
  • Exercise Groups
  • Yearbook
  • Music/Band
  • Arts/Crafts
  • Bowling
  • Junior Basketball
  • Senior Class
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sensory Swim
  • Dances
  • Boy Scouts
  • Picnics
  • Drama
  • YMCA
Last Updated: June 28, 2010