Deaf Awareness Week 2015

Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf celebrates Deaf Awareness Week (also known as International Week of the Deaf) from September 21-25, 2015.

Stay tuned to social media for updates and fun photos of the events planned for the week!


The theme for 2015 will highlight the Past, Present and Future of the Deaf Community. 



  • International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and it was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. Since then, it is celebrated annually by the global deaf community. The International Week of the Deaf is held on the last week of September, the same month first World Congress of the WFD was held.
  • International Week of the Deaf is commemorated through various activities (marches, debates, campaigns, exhibitions and meetings), and call for the participation and involvement of stakeholders (families, peers, governmental bodies, professional sign language interpreters, Disabled People’s Organisations).


  • International Week of the Deaf is the only week in a year that sees highly concerted global advocacy to raise awareness about the deaf community at individual, community and governmental level. It is about gathering together, becoming united, and showing that unity to the rest of the world.
  • International Week of the Deaf strives to promote the rights of deaf people and highlight specific human rights topics that merit attention.
  • International Week of the Deaf is aimed to spread message as widely as possible by ensuring that the campaign(s) will be noticed and the message will also pass to wider society through sufficient media coverage.


The “Mill Neck Steppers” Prepare for Annual Walk4Hearing

Walk4HearingMill Neck Services, Inc. will be participating in the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing on Sunday, September 27!

The HLAA Walk4Hearing began in 2006 with just 6 Walks. This year, the Walk4Hearing celebrates 10 years of Walking for hearing loss awareness with 21 Walks throughout the country. Over those years, HLAA have brought more than 58,000 people together for a day of fun and sharing to make hearing loss an urgent public health issue. HLAA also contributes to hundreds of local organizations that serve those with hearing loss through their alliances. Join HLAA this year to continue the tradition and make this one of their best years yet!

To donate or join our team, Mill Neck Steppers, please go to and follow the prompts.  Remember to select “Mill Neck Services” as the organization you are supporting. Please contact Suzanne Jakab with any questions at (516) 922-4100 ext. 244.

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Changing Trends in Cochlear Implantation Conference – October 6, 2015


Medical, Research, Audiology,

Neuropsychological & Rehabiliation

Download the 2015 Conference Brochure

Register Online Today!



Tuesday, October 6, 2015



Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf
40 Frost Mill Road, Mill Neck, NY 11765
(For GPS, use 34 Frost Mill Road)



$90 per person

Register Online Today!



For more information, please contact Tanya Linzalone at or 516-628-4227.



The program will provide a comprehensive overview of the changing paradigm in cochlear implantation.



Participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend the indications for single sided deafness cochlear implantation and auditory brainstem implants in children.
  • Discuss current indications for pediatric cochlear implantation, factors affecting post-implantation performance and implications for the future.
  • Describe the process of the cochlear implant evaluation, including surgical considerations.
  • Describe the currently available cochlear implant electrode designs and their potential benefits.
  • Discuss potential uses of mobile applications for cochlear implant fitting and research.
  • Describe the four phases of cochlear implant device programming and the differences between objective and behavioral programming methods.
  • Define what neuropsychology is and how it can be useful in working with implanted children.
  • Identify two areas of cognitive function, in addition to language.
  • Identify red flags for future cognitive difficulties and understand when it may be appropriate to refer for further assessment.
  • Describe strategies to assess differences in learning styles and developing appropriate therapeutic interventions.




8:30am          Registration and Breakfast


9:00am          Introduction

                                Fran Bogdanoff – Superintendent of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf

9:15am          Current Status and Future Trends in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation

                                Susan Waltzman, Ph.D.

10:00am        Single Sided Deafness and Auditory Brainstem Implant in Pediatric Patients

                                J. Thomas Roland, Jr., MD


10:45am        BREAK


11:00am        CI Surgical Evaluation, Surgical Procedure, and What to Expect on the Day of Surgery

                                Sean McMenomey, MD

11:30pm        Optimizing CI Surgery for the Individual

                                Daniel Jethanamest, MD

12:00pm        Question & Answer

                                Moderator: Katie Kerzner – Principal of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf


12:15-1pm    LUNCH


1:00pm          New Perspectives on Device Programming

                                William Shapiro, AuD

1:45pm          Cognitive Function in Cochlear Implantation: It’s Not Just About Language

                                Marsha Vasserman, PsyD


2:30pm          BREAK


2:45pm          Adaptive Strategies to Support Auditory Learning: One Size Does Not Fit All

                                Nancy Geller, MA

3:30pm          Question & Answer

                                Moderator: Katie Kerzner – Principal of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf


4pm                Conference Adjourns



Changing Trends in Cochlear Implantation Disclosures

In compliance with requirements of ASHA’s Continuing Education Board concerning transparency in course planning, delivery, and marketing, we provide information on speakers’ financial and non-financial interests relevant to the content of their presentation at Changing Trends in Cochlear Implantation. Please click here to view full disclosures.




ASHA Continuing Education

This course is offered for a total of 0.55 CEU’s (Intermediate Level, Professional Level)

Children's Hearing Institute

Conference CEUs supported by The Children’s Hearing Institute

The Children's Hearing Institute is approved by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of .60 CEUs.  Academy approval of this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.  Any views that are presented are those of the presenters/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

AAAudiology Continuing Education 2

AG Bell Academy

This course is being submitted to The AG BELL Academy for Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS)



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Mill Neck Manor – 2015 Mansion Tours


Step back in time to experience and savor the mansion’s exquisite appointments. Learn about its history – and about the life of Lillian Sefton Dodge and Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf.

Organized in groups of 25, docent-led tours commence by the 500-year old front doors. The complete tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and does involve some walking and climbing of stairs. Tours are available to the public by appointment only once a month on Sundays.

For groups of 10 or more and for more information, please contact Nancy Leghart at 516-628-4243 or email at


2015 Sunday Tour Dates/Hours:

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • July 19, 2015
  • August 23, 2015
  • September 13, 2015
  • October 18, 2015
  • November 15, 2015
  • December 6, 2015


Admission Fees:

(Fees must be paid in advance, and are non-refundable.)

  • Adult: $25 per person
  • Senior (55+): $20 per person
  • Students (Valid ID required): $15 per person
  • Children (12 & under): $5 per person
  • Groups (10 +): $20 per person

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Download a printable Mill Neck Manor House Tour flyer.


What’s included?

  • Guided tour of the Manor House
  • Light refreshments – includes Mill Neck Manor’s special blend of tea and homemade scones.
  • Gift Shop and Walk the grounds


General Information:

  • Some areas of the Manor House may be inaccessible on the day of your visit.
  • Tour time is approximately 1.5 hours
  • Handicap accessible
  • Sign Language Interpreter available by request only (request must be made 1 week in advance of tour).
  • Smoking not permitted on the premises
  • Outside food or beverages are not permitted on the premises
  • Children and teens must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • No pets allowed.
  • No photography inside the Manor House.

Click to learn about additional programming in the Manor House.

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Thank You to our 2015 Supporters of “Sail the Sound for Deafness”

Mill Neck Family’s 4th Annual “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Classics Regatta and Party was another tremendous success.  Thank you to all the Sailors, Spectators, Landlubbers and Food and Beverage Sponsors for participating in the events.  Also, thank you to all of our donors who contributed to support their favorite Cause & Classic.


Spectators enjoying the race from The WaterFront Center’s “Christeen”

Cause and Classic Results

Congratulations to Mill Neck Manor’s Early Childhood Center, represented by the classic yacht “Nautilus,” for raising the most resources for their Cause (special education for preschoolers with speech/language delays and autism).


Race Results

  • First Place – “Caper”  / Classic Yacht Entry supporting Mill Neck Family’s “Sail the Sound for Deafness”


  • Second Place – “Nautilus” / Racing for special education for preschoolers with speech/language delays and autism


  • Third Place – “Bonzai” / Racing for Deaf Education



Post-Regatta Online Auction

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Were you unable to attend our “Sail the Sound for Deafness” Regatta Party last Thursday evening?

Did you attend and wish you had placed a bid on some of the fabulous Silent Auction items offered?

…WELL, there is still time to place a bid at our Post-Regatta Online Auction! Take a look today. Online Auction closes Tuesday, August 25.

Featured items include: Artwork by students of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf; Artwork by clients of Mill Neck Services Day Habilitation Program for Deaf adults with developmental disabilities; Artwork by local artists; tickets to Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center; and, MORE!


Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

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Click here to view photos from the post-race Cocktail Party held in the historic Mill Neck Manor House. 



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