The Viscardi Center

An Empowering Education

$3.25M Investment

Children and youth with profound physical disabilities grow up defined by difference. We strive to create an environment that builds the foundation for a successful life.

  1. Help children and young people with disabilities build the foundation for a successful life characterized by self-confidence and persistence
  2. Nurture a robust sense of identity and belonging
  3. Provide technology and tools to enable engagement both inside and outside the classroom
  4. Offer opportunities for education, as well as social and emotional learning
  5. Begin to prepare youth with disabilities for independent adult lives
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The Kornreich Institute for Disability Studies / Disability History Museum – $1.5M

To help our students and community cultivate a robust sense of identity and self-confidence, The Viscardi Center is embarking on a visionary project to create a space and program devoted to disability culture. Located in a 2,400 sq. ft. space within The Viscardi Center, the Institute will offer interactive, age-appropriate educational programs; host adult role models with disabilities in person and virtually; offer rotating interactive exhibits from the National Disability History Museum and include a disability culture resource library.

Technology Fund – $1M

For the people we serve, technology is very often the difference between a class or program that is accessible and one that is beyond reach. It is a defining factor in the ability to participate in the classroom or in one of our programs. Funding will be used for Smartboards, computers, adaptive equipment, assistive technologies, digital accessibility, and new state-of-the-art equipment and software as it is developed.

PROSPER Program – $750K

The PROSPER Program draws on The Viscardi Center’s deep experience in providing students with disabilities enriching educational, social and emotional opportunities. Through the vocational-focused program, which operates in underserved communities on Long Island, students build skills, participate in college tours, explore careers, and take part in volunteer opportunities. This inclusive program serves students with and without disabilities, and it is also open to disconnected youth facing other challenges that put them at high risk for not completing high school. Funding will be used to expand to additional districts on Long Island where there is need and interest.

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Address: 201 I.U. Willets Rd, Albertson, NY 11507
Phone: 516-465-1400


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