The Henry Viscardi School is a dynamic program of The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profit organizations, providing a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower people with disabilities. Its programs and services include Pre-K through High School and Post-secondary education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities, and workforce diversification assistance to businesses.
The Viscardi Center, located on Long Island, was founded in 1952 by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. one of the world’s leading advocates for people with disabilities, who himself wore prosthetic legs and served as disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter.
The Henry Viscardi School is a private, New York State supported 4201 school founded in 1962 that offers parents of children with severe physical disabilities and who often require life-sustaining medical treatment throughout the day, a traditional educational setting that provides academics and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Its specialized, accessible educational setting provides a fully enriched academic program, a variety of therapies, assistive technology and medical supports to students who may otherwise need to receive instruction in their homes or a hospital.
Most students at the Henry Viscardi School use power wheelchairs and augmentative communication technology, and some require medical supervision. The student body represents a wide variety of conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injury, Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Although the students’ primary disabilities are physical, their range of complexity varies, as secondary or tertiary disabilities are often factors that influence teaching and learning.
A teaching community dedicated to empowering students, HVS offers a combination of core academics and robust cultural enrichment that enables them to be active, independent, self-sufficient participants in society. It encourages students to take chances, be bold, act like leaders and give back to their communities.
For a detailed description of the school’s programming, visit the website at http://www.viscardicenter.org/services/henry-viscardi-school.
The principal functions of this position are to assist the Head of School in all administrative functions with a particular emphasis on designing and implementing innovative and progressive curriculum, instruction and professional development related to educating students with complex physical, medical and learning needs.
The Assistant Head of School will provide support to the Head of School in all aspects of school administration, including supervision, staff management, evaluation, student discipline, scheduling, testing, coverage, transportation, and after school activities. Provide leadership in development, design, and management of education programs, curriculum, instruction, assessments, and instructional programs aligned with the Universal Design for Learning principles. Work closely with the Head of School to identify professional development needs, formulate goals and coordinate professional development activities. Assist Head of School in maintaining compliance with all relevant federal and state regulations, including the Part 200 regulations of the New York State Department of Education and other federal and state guidelines; prepare reports and data as necessary. Lead and facilitate Committee on Special Education meetings and related activities. Perform all other duties that may be required for efficient, effective delivery of services.