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Lavelle School for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Lavelle School for the Blind
3830 Paulding Avenue
Bronx, NY 10469
(718) 882-1212 (Local)
(718) 882-0005 (Fax)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 165
Number of staff: 123
Staff description: 24 classroom teachers, 34 teaching assistants,10 teacher aides, 4 job coaches, 3 O&M instructors, 3 social workers, 7 speech therapists, 4 physical therapists, 5 occupational therapists, 1 nurse, 1 transition specialist, 2 APE, 1 music, 1 art, 4 program administrators, 19 support, security, and maintenance staff.
Geographic area served: The five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and Rockland County.


Eleanor Behringer, Lower School Principal
Lorrie Nanry, Preschool Principal
Frank Simpson, Superintendent
Diane Tucker, Upper School Principal

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Computer training for communication skills as well as future careers integrated into classrooms and specialized classes for students.
  • Education Services
    • In the Lower School Unit, students are provided with diverse special education, habilitation, and treatment needs with primary emphasis on developing a personal communication system using a combination of gestures, symbols, speech, braille, and augmentative communication devices. Instruction and support are also provided to help students achieve as much independence as possible in all activities of daily living. In the Upper School Unit, students are prepared for adult roles and responsibilities and are provided with a transition plan that is integrated into all activities throughout the school day including the core curriculum and the expanded core curriculum.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • All students receive transition services that include community-based supported employment jobs in summer and during the school year.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Has a preschool program for children with vision impairments as well as children with and without disabilities. Preschool classrooms vary in size from 6 to 15 students depending on each student's IEP. Focus on self awareness, communication skills, preliteracy skills, and socialization. All classrooms have computers for literacy skills as well as recreation use.
  • Recreation Services
    • Adaptive physical education, music, art, and community trips for all students. Referrals by school social workers to afterschool and weekend recreation programs as well as summer camps.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Professional development includes 4 days per year of in-service training and tuition reimbursement for work related coursework leading to certification by the NYS Education Department.
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