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The New York State School for the Blind (NYSSB) is a state-operated school with oversight by the New York State Education Department. 

The New York State School for the Blind provides a learning environment where children can achieve their full potential. Specialized instruction and a full range of related, clinical and support services are tailored to meet the needs of each student. Teachers with professional preparation in the areas of visual impairments, elementary, secondary, special education work as a team to promote independence and prepare children for successful transitions to adulthood.

Parents and staff work together to help each child reach the goals in his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP). Classes are small in size and educational activities reach into a variety of specially designed areas including our prevocational workshop, gymnasium, pool and Sensory Park playground. Technology is used to augment instruction and promote achievement. Computers, electronic communication boards, low vision reading devices and therapeutic equipment are adapted to enhance each child's unique abilities. The local community provides a wide array of opportunities for students to achieve academic, social and other important goals

Employees of the NYSSB are employed by the New York State Education Department and, as such, are New York State employees.