Critical Upgrades to our Facilities $2,000,000
Urgent and important capital upgrades such as replacement of a roof, heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, and a fire safety system are essential to meet the health, safety and security needs of our current and future students. Today, our population is comprised of students who are considerably more medically fragile than those we have served in the past, and our environment must be able to accommodate the many students who depend on life-sustaining care throughout the school day. These upgrades will significantly improve the quality of life for the vulnerable population we serve.
Funding is needed for:
- Replacing the roofs of the Henry Viscardi School and Abilities, Inc. sections of the building. ($700,000)
- Replacing five heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units. ($800,000)
- Upgrading the fire safety system throughout the facility. ($500,000)
Expansion of Existing Programs $1,500,000
We will create additional opportunities within our existing programs to provide the best possible outcomes for the people with
disabilities who have chosen The Viscardi Center to enhance the quality of their lives.
These programs include, but are not limited to:
- PROSPER (at-risk youth drop-out prevention program) – this program’s excellent outcomes (96% of students graduate and go on to college, work or the military) has the potential to be replicated at many more school districts.
- Web Accessibility Services to assist companies in correcting or developing their websites to be accessible for people with visual impairments and other disabilities. If companies are not compliant with web standards, they risk losing customers and possibly getting sued. This will be an extension of our Document Remediation Services, which makes digital files accessible for people with disabilities.
- Youth Transition programs for special needs students exiting high school – this program is currently offered to 25% of Long Island school districts, but could be expanded to include more.
- Employment Training programs (culinary skills, retail and hospitality) – the hands-on curriculum leads to proven success on the job, and these programs can potentially be offered to a wider audience in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
For more information, please contact Lauren Marzo, Chief Advancement Officer, at 516.465.1593.