New York School for the Deaf

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New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, New York
United States
Coordinates41°03′33″N 73°47′53″W / 41.0592°N 73.7980°W / 41.0592; -73.7980Coordinates: 41°03′33″N 73°47′53″W / 41.0592°N 73.7980°W / 41.0592; -73.7980
TypePrivate non-profit organization
FounderReverend John Standford
Number of students143
Color(s)Blue and gold
AthleticsSoccer, volleyball, basketball and track
Athletics conferenceEastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association

The New York School for the Deaf is a private school for the deaf in White Plains, New York, just north of New York City, United States.


New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, 1835

The New York School for the Deaf was chartered in 1817 as the New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, and opened its first classes in New York City in 1818 just after the American School for the Deaf, and thus is recognized as the second oldest deaf school in the United States. It moved twice in the 19th century to other Manhattan locations, and finally to White Plains, New York in 1938, where it remains.[1]

The school had its origins in 1808, when the Rev. John Stanford gathered a small group of deaf children to teach them the alphabet and basic language skills in New York City. In 1892 the school was the first U.S. school of any kind to introduce a military curriculum. For half a century, tight formation drill was an everyday occurrence on the parade grounds.[2][3]

In 1952, the school dropped the military curriculum and welcomed girls again, and since then has expanded its programs to benefit both deaf and hard-of-hearing school children, and more recently, pre-school classes as well.


Since 1977, Fanwood uses the total communication method of deaf education, which employs multiple means of communication including sign language and other modes, as necessary for each child.


TTY phones and closed caption TVs were used in the 1970s. More recently the school has introduced video phones, interactive whiteboards and computer assisted learning.


NYSD is a private, tax-exempt non-profit organization under article 501(c)(3) of U.S. law.

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  1. ^ "New York School for the Deaf - Fanwood". NYSD. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  2. ^ Gannon, Jack (1981). Deaf Heritage. National Association for the Deaf. p. 19. ISBN 1563685140.
  3. ^ "Deaf School History" (PDF). p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2013-06-19.

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