Deaf Reading Therapy Dog Visits Kindergarten Class

Yesterday, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf’s Kindergarten Teacher Patricia Leone (Patty) brought in to school her Reading Therapy Dog Roger.  The students were so excited to meet Roger. It just so happens that Roger himself is Deaf and has learned to understand sign language.  A real connection was made between the students and Roger.  Patty’s class wrote a book together about, “How to Take Care of a Dog,” which the students then read to Roger.  As you can see in the photos, the students were so EXCITED to meet and play with the special visitor.  Even some of the older children enjoyed spending time with Roger!  Thank you, Patty, for sharing Roger, and your love of animals, with the students.  What a wonderful opportunity for all!









MNM Preschooler Receives Auditory Brainstem Implant

A Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf preschool student was the feature of a CBS Evening News segment on Monday, March 23.  Three-year-old Kennedy Steele recently underwent surgery for an auditory brainstem inplant. The surgery was performed by doctors at NYU Langone Medial Center in New York.  Please take a moment to watch the video segment to see Kennedy’s priceless reaction to hearing her mother’s voice.


CBS News featured three-year-old MNM preschool student Kennedy…

Fran Bogdanoff, Superintendant of Mill Neck Manor Schools, recently stated in comment on a Mill Neck Family of Organizations Facebook Post announcing this story:

“This young lady is amazing and I have had the pleasure of knowing her Mom who is amazing to her daughter Kennedy. She will continue to grow because there are so many loving and caring people who surround her!

Go Kennedy Go!”

Everyone at Mill Neck Family of Organizations shares Fran’s sentiment.  Kennedy’s story is remarkable, and we wish her and her family all of the best!


Photos and video: © 2015 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SENATE 2015-16 Budget Advocacy for 4201 Schools


…including Mill Neck School for the Deaf

Please use the following as a guide to advocate.  Please tweet and make phone calls between Monday, March 16 and Thursday, March 19, 2015.


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MNM Senior Sabrina Russell with New York State Senator Carl Marcellino in his office in Albany, NY.


  • ” {@________} Pls ask @SenatorSkelos to support #4.8for4201 in the #nysbudget “
  • ” Support #4.8for4201 in the #nysbudget “


  • “Hello, my name is {YOUR NAME}.  I am a {STUDENT, PARENT, TEACHER, STAFF MEMBER} of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, please tell Senator {MICHAEL VENDITTO, CARL MARCELLINO or KEMP HANNON} to call Senator Skelos to support 4.8% for 4201 schools. Thank you.”



Note some Senators do not have Twitter addresses.

All calls to Senators should be directed at the Albany offices: 

(518) 455-####

  • *Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf

Kemp Hannon @kemphannon (518) 455-2200

Carl Marcellino @Senator98

Michael Venditto

*Although Mill Neck Manor campus is physically located in New York State Senate District #5, our students attend MNM from Senate districts across Suffolk County, Nassau County, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, etc. Feel welcome to contact senators in various districts.


  • Cleary School for the Deaf

Thomas Croci

Philip Boyle @PhilBoyleNY

Kenneth LaValle @senatorLavalle


  • Henry Viscardi School

Jack Martins @senatorMartins

Michael Venditto

Kemp Hannon @kemphannon

Carl Marcellino @Senator98


  • Lavelle School for the Blind

Simcha Felder @senatorfelder

Jeffrey Klein @JeffKleinNY


  • Lexington School for the Deaf

Simcha Felder @senatorfelder

Michael Venditto


  • New York School for the Deaf (NYSD)

David Carlucci @davidcarlucci

Terrance Murphy


  • New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE)

Simcha Felder @senatorfelder

Jeffrey Klein @JeffKleinNY


  • Rochester School for the Deaf

Joseph Robach @SenatorRobach

Richard Funke @senatorfunke


  • St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf

Simcha Felder @senatorfelder

Marin Golden @SenatorMartyGolden

Diane Savino @dianesavino


  • St. Joseph School for the Deaf

Jeffrey Klein @JeffKleinNY


  • St. Mary School for the Deaf

Patrick Gallivan @senatorgallivan

Michael Ranzenhofer

Robert Ortt @SenatorOrtt


The 4201 SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION of New York State

There are 11 state-supported schools in New York educating blind, deaf and severely physically disabled students. These schools serve children from across the state and are based in Erie, Nassau, Monroe, Suffolk and Westchester counties; and New York City.


For Nearly 200 years, the people of New York have supported a network of specialized schools to provide educational services to children who are deaf, blind and physically disabled.


  • The state has failed to increase funding since 2008-09.  In fact, funding for our students has been reduced by $5.4 million – or 4 percent.
  • Since 2008, our schools have maintained achievement-oriented programs for 1,500 students while reducing payroll nearly 11 percent – or approximately $9 million.
  • Schools enjoy an attendance rate of between 85 and 95 percent (Mill Neck Manor is 92%!), and a graduation rate of nearly 100 percent.

The 4201 Schools Association is Seeking…

A 4.8-percent increase in state funding – the same percentage increase in state aid Governor Cuomo has recommended for public schools. Investment: $6.35 million out of $1.1 billion in state aid proposed by the governor.

We recommend funding to support capital improvement needs at member-school facilities. Investment: $11 million.


Twitter: @4201Schools


Designers’ Showcase® 2015 at Mill Neck Manor

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Designers’ Showcase® 2015

“Where Art and Design emerge into Signs of Spring!”

May 2 through June 14, 2015

Mill Neck Manor

Mill Neck, LI

To Benefit Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf

The annual spring event Designers’ Showcase® 2015 will open at Mill Neck Manor, a majestic Tudor Revival mansion located on a scenic estate overlooking Long Island Sound.  The beneficiary, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, provides comprehensive educational services for children from infancy through age 21 who are Deaf and/or have other special needs.

For more information please call Special Events Coordinator Samantha Hallman at 516-628-4239 or e-mail


(Click here for more Upcoming Community Events)


Foundation for Deaf Ministry Visits St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

On Wednesday, March 11 President and CEO of The Mill Neck Family of Organizations Mike Killian, along with his wife Susan Killian, the Director of Deaf Ministry Rev. Thomas Dunseth, Deaconess Tiffany Manor and long-time Mill Neck Family staff member Georgia Jackson, visited A Service of Evening Prayer for the Circuit Six Gathering of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). The gathering was hosted by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY.  Pastor and fellow Circuit Visitor Matthew Staneck brought together the Brooklyn/Manhattan/Staten Island circuit together under the theme “Baptismal Life.”  Service was led by Rev. Dr. David H. Benke, Bishop and Pastor.  It was a wonderful opportunity for Mill Neck Foundation for Deaf Ministry to reconnect with our Lutheran roots. After all, Mill Neck School for the Deaf was originally established in 1947 by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf.

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