Jenn Colella, lead in the hit Broadway musical Come from Away, is slated to perform a selection of songs at the Reach for a Star Luncheon — an annual spring fundraiser that benefits extracurricular and after-school activities for children with severe physical disabilities from the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi Center — at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Tuesday, April 9. Tony Award-nominated Colella has appeared in several big-name productions over the years, including High Fidelity, Urban Cowboy, Chaplin, and If/Then.[Read more…]
Employment & Transitioning for Youths with Disabilities article by Patricia Birbiglia for Exceptional Parent Magazine’s October 2012 issue.
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8th Graders at Henry Viscardi School Win “Stand Up and Speak Out Against Bullying”
January 17, 2013 – Albertson, NY – The 8th grade class at the Henry Viscardi School at The Viscardi School, an accredited academic school for grades Pre-K through 12 for children with severe physical disabilities, has won the “Stand Up and Speak Out Against Bullying” essay contest. The essay competition was one component of the 12th Annual Youth Conference for middle school students held at LIU Post on December 7, 2012.
As participants of the Youth Conference which promotes bullying awareness, the students were invited to participate in the essay contest. Fifty schools submitted essays. Together, the eighth graders wrote an essay based on a quote by Keith David, a retired NFL player and the guest speaker at the Conference, “No one is born a winner or a loser, but everyone is born a chooser.” The students wrote about how they face difficult choices in life due to their physical disabilities and how they face challenges every day, but can overcome the adversity of a disability by making the right choices.
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Watch the MSG High School Sports Desk segment featuring the Henry Viscardi School basketball team playing at our annual Sportsmanship Tournament. The HVS Cougars took first place. Go Cougars!
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The following is by the Class of 2012:
The Class of 2012 went on a once in a lifetime experience to Washington D.C. on May 2 – May 4. We stayed at the Marriot Hotel in Gaithersburg, Maryland which was right on Washington Lake. We traveled into Washington on Thursday morning and went to the Smithsonian, Air & Space Museum. What a great place to see. We had a picnic lunch outside on the “mall”. The Capital Building was next. We had a private V.I.P. tour of the Capital. We were able to go out on the Speaker of the House’s balcony. What a spectacular view of Washington DC! Next onto Lincoln Memorial. What a sight to see! We were also able to see the Korean War Memorial and the Soldier Statues. (Don’t forget to look at the pictures) There is never enough time to see everything, but we saw a lot in a short amount of time. The students represented the Henry Viscardi School with dignity, maturity and utmost respect . This trip could not have been possible without the amazing staff. Fun was had by all!
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On Friday May 6, Assemblyman Charles Lavine visited with Henry Viscardi School students. He visited a tenth grade English class and accepted a special citation from the students, thanking him for his support of our school and other 4201 schools. One of our elementary students used his DynaVox, expressing a special welcome to Assemblyman Lavine.
Assemblyman Lavine also took a tour of the museum dedicated to our founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, and he spoke about meeting Dr. Viscardi many years ago. We would like to thank Assemblyman Lavine for coming to visit Viscardi and look forward to his continued support.