GoFundMe Campaign for Hearing Aids and Batteries

Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf has launched a GoFundMe Campaign to help their Deaf and Hard of Hearing students raise funds for hearing aids, batteries and a new FM system.

Imagine a life where your ability to hear was based on how much money you had. This is an unforgiving reality that many Deaf and Hard of Hearing children at Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf face every single day.

A typical Deaf or Hard of Hearing child who is
fortunate enough to afford hearing aids, which can run about $5,000 a
pair, goes through an average of two batteries per week just to keep it

“There are many instances where a child will go
home for the weekend or a long holiday break and not be able to hear
simply because they don’t have the money for batteries,” said Mill Neck
Manor School for the Deaf Superintendent Fran Bogdanoff.

Help our Deaf children to hear … all of the time.

currently teach more than 100 Deaf and Hard of Hearing children at any
given time from 39 school districts across Long Island and the NY
metropolitan area. Coming from all social and economic backgrounds, some
of our students travel over two hours each way by bus to Mill Neck
because they want to learn.

Our students
possess an unequivocal passion for knowledge and unwavering
determination for success. Graduates of Mill Neck have gone on to become
successful lawyers, Broadway musical stars and more. Our main goal is
to provide them with the programs and resources that meet their
exceptional ability to learn.

We need your help to make this happen. Visit our GoFundMe Campaign to donate today! Or donate through our website and choose the “Deaf Education Center.”

Your generous donation can directly help our students by allowing us to:

*Purchase hearing aid devices and batteries for children who can’t afford them
our current FM System—an Assistive Listening Device that is used to
teach our students. The system connects a sound source with a hearing
aid or cochlear implant audio processor, greatly reducing background
noise so the student can better focus on the teacher. This essential
classroom equipment has been discontinued by the manufacturer, leaving
us without any viable replacement parts

We thank you for your
dedicated support of our students. It’s because of loyal supporters like
yourself that we are able to continue to create a world in which Deaf
and Hard of Hearing individuals are included, empowered, celebrated and
embraced as equals.

Register Now for CITI 2019

The Church Interpreter Training Institute (CITI), held at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., on June 13 to 16, instructs American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, church members and professional church workers in church interpreting and Deaf ministry.

Participants gain knowledge and skills through courses, including: ASL linguistics; Facial and body expression; Religious vocabulary; Deaf Culture; Biblical studies; Interpreting Scripture, liturgy, sermons, hymns and songs.

Continuing education credits for RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) interpreters is in process. Please visit lutheranfriendsofthedeaf.org for more information.

Mill Neck’s First Ever Hearing Health Expo

The Center for Hearing Health is excited to announce a Hearing Health Expo on Wednesday, May 15, at the historic Mill Neck Manor, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hearing health professionals will provide information and offer the community an opportunity to view current hearing aid technology, assistive devices, new innovations and more!

Stop by our table and make a consult appointment to discuss the many items you will find at the Expo!

Visit centerforhearinghealth.org or call 516-628-4300 for more information on how to attend!

MNIS Interprets Inauguration

Mill Neck Interpreter Service (MNIS) was invited to interpret at the Inauguration of New York State Senator Jim Gaughran at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, N.Y.

Sworn in by Governor Andrew Cuomo, he was joined by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, dozens of elected officials, and hundreds of constituents in attendance

Senator Gaughran won the state senate seat for New York’s 5th district on November 6, 2018, winning with more than 68,000 votes. He is the first Democrat in decades to hold the seat. Senator Gaughran will be Chair of the Local Government Committee.

Deaf Empowerment for Nepal Women

Mill Neck International (MNI) currently supports various Deaf organizations around the world and implements special projects, including training Deaf leaders, gathering data and statistics about Deaf people in their country and more.

More specifically, in Nepal, MNI has partnered with Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf (NAD) to prepare Deaf women to engage in the social, cultural and economic development of their country.
MNI’s Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Sarah Houge, recently visited Nepal to observe and assist at a four-day empowerment training for Deaf women. The Deaf community in Nepal was so eager to join that 35 women participated—five more than originally planned.

The women joined together to overcome barriers and challenges during certain activities in the training workshop. In particular, the women participants had a breakthrough in understanding how to develop a Problem Tree Analysis, which is used to trace the roots and causes of a problem in society, to show some of its effects and identify potential solutions.

Important questions were asked throughout the workshop, inquiring about possibly designing and planning projects to implement in their own local communities. Although NAD had not initially meant to provide training on project planning and design, they have now added this component to plans for the second phase of their project in Nepal. MNI looks forward to the next training phase and continuing their work with NAD.

Check out MNI’s Facebook page to follow along on their journey at facebook.com/mn.intl

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Harlem Globetrotters Surprise DEC Students

The vibe in the Mill Neck Manor gymnasium was full of high energy as the Deaf Education Center students clapped along to the music playing out of the loudspeaker. Reminiscent of an actual warm up basketball game, the students took turns shooting baskets … blissfully unaware of why they were all gathered together in the gym during the middle of a school day.
“Is Santa Claus coming?” one student responded when DEC Superintendent Fran Bogdanoff asked if they had any idea why she had called the gathering. Probably the only thing that could top the idea of a surprise visit from Santa was a surprise visit from the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.

Three members of the Globetrotters entered the gym decked out in head-to-toe matching team gear, and were greeted with loud cheers and applause.
Harlem Globetrotters stars Chris “Animal” Hyche, “Zeus” McClurkin and “Hoops” Green presented the team’s T.E.A.M. Up at School program.
The Globetrotters created the school assembly with the National Campaign to Stop Violence. The program discourages bullying, cultivates empathy and assures the bullied that they are not alone. T.E.A.M. stands for Talk, Empathy, Ask and Mobilize.

During this special assembly, “Animal” used his knowledge of American Sign Language to communicate with the students, as he is the son of two Deaf parents.

Since their inception in 1926, the original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience.
A huge thank you to the Harlem Globetrotters organization, for taking the time to visit our students and giving them an experience they will never forget.

Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf Wellness Policy

Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects its student’s health and well-being, and instructs them regarding healthful eating and physical activity. 


Nutrition Education:

Mill Neck Manor will provide nutrition education and facilitate the voluntary adoption of healthy eating habits and nutrition-related behaviors.

  • Students shall have nutritional education classes offered in the school classroom and Physical Education classes. These classes will be given by certified educational staff.
  • Information will be given to families to teach good nutrition.
  • Nutrition education activities shall be integrated into Health, Home & Careers and other disciplines.
  • The Staff Wellness Committee has been established to review all health and safety issues – including food and food choices.  Meetings with students and staff are held to discuss concerns students may have about school nutrition etc.
  • Students will have access to affordable, nutritious food choices in the appropriate proportions which accommodate any religious or medical concerns (i.e., allergies) The ethnic and cultural diversity of the student body is taken into consideration when determining the monthly menus.
  • Breakfast is offered to all students
  • Food is prepared in a healthy and nutritional way.
  • Caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure is emphasized.
  • Posters and menu messages offer nutritional advice.

Physical Activity Goals

  • Mill Neck Manor provides every student the knowledge and chance to develop and maintain physical fitness.
  • Students are scheduled physical education classes consistent with NYS mandates 

of 120 min. per week at the elementary level and three classes one week/two classes the next for the secondary level.

  • After school activities are offered to all students, students also have recess and interscholastic activities.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend sports team events.
  • Staff is educated in these fields.

Other School Based Activities

Mill Neck Manor wishes to establish a school environment that presents consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthful eating and physical activity for all.  The following are guidelines to help us reach these goals.

  • Provide clean, safe, enjoyable meal environment
  • Maintain minimum wait time to receive lunches
  • Provide drinking fountains within all buildings
  • Encourage all students to participate in the lunch program and the identity of students who receive free and reduced priced meals will be protected.
  • Maintain clean and healthy classrooms.

Establishing Nutrition Standards

Mill Neck Manor’s goal is to encourage healthful lifelong eating habits by providing food that is high in nutrients, low in fat and added sugars and of moderate portion size.

  • All beverages that are made available to students (including vending machines) are consistent with the USDA Dietary guidelines for Americans.
  • Food providers shall offer a variety of healthful food and beverage selections to all students.
  • Nutritional information with be available near or at at the point of purchase.
  • Staff will seek alternative means of rewarding academic performance or good behavior and not necessarily rely on food and or beverages.
  • Students shall be discouraged from sharing their food or beverages with one another given concerns about allergies and other restriction on children’s diets.
  • Food service providers should be open to new and appealing food choices

Goals for Measurement & Evaluation

Mill Neck Manor shall designate the Superintendent, along with the Food Service Provider, who shall be charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Mill Neck Manor meets the goals of this policy and that report to the Superintendent on the compliance of said policy.   A summary report every three years should be done on the school’s compliance to the Wellness Policy.








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DEC Student Stars in NYC Musical

I’d like you to meet JJ. As an infant, JJ was diagnosed with severe hearing loss and wears bilateral cochlear implants. He attended Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and has now starred in an NYC musical.

Here at Mill Neck, we see firsthand the amazing accomplishments of our Deaf students, just like JJ. We are blown away by the unwavering determination they possess, and we encourage them to dream BIG.

Having to undergo major cochlear implant surgery as an infant, navigating through life as a profoundly Deaf child, enduring inevitable setbacks with his education and speech as well as having to audition twice for TADA! Youth Theater after not being selected—nothing stopped JJ from overcoming his obstacles and pursuing his dreams.

“I want to get a good education,” JJ said absolutely. “I want to be a lawyer, an actor and the President of the United States.”

The Mill Neck Family of Organizations is dedicated to creating a world in which Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals are included, empowered, celebrated and embraced as equals. A world in which Deaf children can reach for the stars.

“Being different in any way might be hard sometimes but remember you are not the only one,” said JJ.  “The teachers at Mill Neck are very caring and very dedicated. It’s the best school environment I have ever known. It taught me how to listen, how to speak … and that I can be anything I want to be.”

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Former DEC Student Graduates from Harvard Law

I’d like you to meet Heather. Diagnosed Deaf and raised by Deaf parents, she’s fought for Deaf rights ever since she can remember. Heather attended Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and now she’s a Harvard Law graduate.  Read her full interview from Harvard Law Today.

Donate to our Giving Tuesday Campaign and help Deaf children and adults achieve their dreams!


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Mill Neck Volunteer Interns at White House

American Sign Language (ASL) landed Kaitlyn Persico in the White House.

Persico fell in love with ASL in middle school when she met a girl who was Deaf while participating in a group that tutored children of whom English was their second language.

Persico desperately wanted to communicate with her so she learned a few signs. When she began taking ASL in Massapequa High School, she was hooked.

“I just thought the language was so beautiful,” said Persico. “I took classes in New York City on the weekends and we would interact with the Deaf community and do movie night, bingo night and pasta night.”

It was then that Persico decided to attend Gallaudet University—a college designed to be barrier-free fo  r Deaf and Hard of Hearing students—to become a school psychologist for the Deaf. All of her classes were taught in ASL.

While in school, she interned at Mill Neck Services’ Day Habilitation program, where Deaf and disabled adults learn life skills; was a substitute teacher in Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf; and a counselor for Mill Neck’s Sign Camp for Hearing Kids.

Persico also received an opportunity to intern at the White House in the Eisenhower Executive Office building where she acted as a customer service representative, answering phones, reserving meeting rooms, ordering supplies and more.

“I was able to walk around and see the other offices, it was so amazing,” she recalled. “We got to explore and make deliveries to the West Wing and the East Wing, so we weren’t always in our building.”

In fact, Persico was the only intern who knew ASL, which allowed her to make her way into the White House kitchen to communicate with one of their Deaf pastry chefs.

“No one else knew ASL so I was able to talk to her and help bake the Halloween and Christmas cookies.”

With an intense passion for ASL and psychology, Persico is attending graduate school at Gallaudet and hopes to one day work for Mill Neck as a psychologist for the Deaf.

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