Special Education

Career Prep Programs

The Career Prep Program stresses work and lifeskills, with an emphasis on functional communication integrated into all activities.

The goal of the program is to prepare students for independent living whether it is in their own apartment, a group home, or with their family. As part of this independent living program, they are also given the training necessary to be able to maintain a job in the competitive marketplace or supported employment.

In order to accomplish these goals the
classroom is used as a hub from which students take advantage of a wealth of programming such as: The Campus Company and Work Study Program, academic course work, living skills program, B.O.C.E.S., Gym or whatever specialized program is needed to obtain their goals.


Our Educational Program at the New York State School for the Deaf services children who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf with cochlear implants. Our school sits on 17 green acres in the heart of the City of Rome, conveniently located in central New York.

Quality Education

All teachers at NYSSD are highly qualified and meet or exceed the certification requirements from the New York State Education Department. To meet the specific needs of the children here, all teachers hold a certification in deaf education, special education, or a combination of one along with a specific subject area of concentration.

“Our mission is to provide a foundation of learning that will enable students to become independent, self-respecting and contributing adults in a multi-cultural society”

What we offer

  • NYS Certified Teachers
  • NYS Certified Teacher Assistants
  • Staff Fluent in Sign-Language
  • Current Technology
  • NYS Standards
  • Regents Courses
  • Foreign Language Courses (ASL, Latin)
  • B.O.C.E.S. Program
  • Partnerships with Local Schools
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Team Teaching
  • Family Life Classes
  • Student Council
  • Sports
  • Small Class Size
  • Reading Program
  • Youth Interaction Through Theater
  • Band
  • Handbell Choir
  • Field Trips
  • Hands on Visual Learning
  • Guest Speakers
  • Social Skills
  • Character Education
  • Audiologist on Staff
  • Speech and Language Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Music, Art, Physical Education
  • Self Contained Classrooms
  • Counseling
  • Vision Services
  • Work Study Program
Last Updated: June 28, 2010