Audiological Assessment and Services

The RSD audiologist is located right on campus to ensure prompt attention to any audiological issue a student may encounter during the school day. The audiologist utilizes the latest assessment strategies, diagnostic technologies and equipment to support students and to provide audiological examinations and assessments during the intake evaluation process.

Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Services

The RSD audiologist monitors students’ hearing aids and Cochlear Implants to ensure that the equipment performs at optimum levels. The audiologist dispenses and repairs hearing aids and earmolds and provides students with opportunities to use digital hearing aids on a trial basis. RSD also coordinates hearing aid and Cochlear Implant services for students provided by external agencies.

Medical Services

Medical Services at RSD are supervised by an attending physician and includes 24-hour nursing care. Nurses are available for a variety of services, including: fi rst aid, urgent care, in-person or on-call responder for athletic events, and distribution of medications to students. Located on the 2nd floor of Forrester Hall, the infirmary at RSD is a bright, clean, and well-equipped elevator-accessible facility.

Student Study Team

The Student Study Team assists students at RSD who may experience a wide range of challenges and diffi culties. The team of school staff meets often to discuss students’ specific issues and suggest appropriate interventions. They track a child’s progress, keep his or her parents informed, and evaluate to determine if the interventions are working.

Learning Disabilities Task Force

RSD's Learning Disabilities Task Force includes: a psychologist, an educational evaluator, academic/school director(s), an audiologist, and an occupational therapist. With information gathered from a student’s evaluations, parents, teachers or other school staff , the task force formulates strategies to aid students’ success.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services at RSD offer students one-on-one guidance and “Skills-Streaming” within their classroom. In Skills-Streaming, a team of counselors visit a classroom, where they lead learning activities to develop social skills or to remedy any specific behavioral problems.

Mental Health Team

The RSD Mental Health Team professionals includes: a psychologist, counselor, behavior management specialist, nurse, school director, and a consulting psychiatrist. They meet regularly to discuss students who may have emotional issues or behavioral problems. The team supports students and family members with intervention services for as long as necessary.

Behavioral Intervention

RSD's remedial plan, compliant with New York State requirements, to assist students when their behavior interferes with the learning process. The school’s behavior management specialist and school psychologist work with other school staff to conduct a Functional Behavioral Analysis and to implement a Behavior Intervention Plan.

For assistance in applying to RSD, to arrange for a campus tour, or for general intake referral information, call 585-336-5854; 585-286-2806 (Videophone), or e-mail:


Support Services

Rochester School for the Deaf Wellness Policy

Given the documented connection between proper nutrition, adequate physical activity and educational success, the Rochester School for the Deaf adopts the following goals and actions to provide students with a school environment that promotes student health and wellness and reduces childhood obesity. Rochester School for the Deaf supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices.

Rochester School for the Deaf will provide a learning environment that promotes lifelong habits of healthy eating, physical activity and responsible decision-making. Improved health optimizes student performance potential. Rochester School for the Deaf will periodically convene an advisory board to include at least one member of the following stakeholder groups: parents, students, food service representative, faculty, administration, and health service representative.

  • All students at Rochester School for the Deaf will have opportunities, support and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Foods and beverages sold or served at Rochester School for the Deaf will meet the nutrition recommendations of the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
  • To the maximum extent practicable, Rochester School for the Deaf will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast and Lunch program).
  • Rochester School for the Deaf will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.

Food and Beverages Available in School
Rochester School for the Deaf recognizes that a nutritious, well-balanced, reasonably portioned diet is essential for student wellness. To help students possess the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices for a lifetime, Rochester School for the Deaf shall ensure that foods and beverages available in school promote good nutrition, balance, and reasonable portion sizes. Rochester School for the Deaf shall ensure that reimbursable school meals meet or exceed the program requirements and nutrition standards found in federal regulations.

To accomplish this, Rochester School for the Deaf will serve healthy and appealing foods and beverages following state and federal nutrition guidelines. Rochester School for the Deaf will make the best effort to:

  • Promote fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, whole grains, and low fat items.
  • Encourage students to try new or unfamiliar food.
  • Serve only low-fat (1%) and/or fat free milk.
  • Make the best effort possible to schedule lunchtime between normal lunch hours (11am -1:00 pm).

Fundraising Activities
To support children's health and school nutrition-education efforts, the majority of school fundraising activities will not involve food or will only use foods that meet the nutrition and portion size standards. All fundraising activities, which include food, that does not meet the nutrition standards, will occur after school hours. Rochester School for the Deaf will encourage the use of non-food fund raisers.

Rochester School for the Deaf will evaluate our celebration practices that involve food during the school day and encourage foods or beverages that meet nutrition standards.

Rochester School for the Deaf will encourage staff to not use foods or beverages; especially those that do not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually as rewards for academic performance or good behavior and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment.

Physical Activity
Rochester School for the Deaf believes that physical activity is as important factor in staying healthy and being ready to learn and encourages every student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform physical activities, to regularly participate in physical activity, and to appreciate and enjoy physical activity as an ongoing part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, staff, family, and community are encouraged to participate in and model physical activity as a valuable part of daily life.

Physical Education

  • Rochester School for the Deaf will make the best effort to encourage students inphysical education for at least the minimum of hours per week under State requirements.
  • Promote, teach, and provide opportunities to practice activities that students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives.
  • The performance of physical activity shall not be used as a form of discipline or punishment.


  • Maintain daily allotment of recess time for elementary school.

Physical Activity in Classroom

  • Promote the integration of physical activity in the classroom.

Extracurricular Opportunities for Physical Activity

  • Promote clubs and activities that meet the various physical activity needs, interest and abilities of all students.

Nutrition Education
Rochester School for the Deaf believes that nutrition education is a key component in introducing and reinforcing healthy behaviors in students. Rochester School for the Deaf will make the best effort to integrate nutrition education that teaches the knowledge, skills, and values needed to adopt healthy eating behaviors into the curriculum; provide nutrition education information throughout the school including, but not limited to, school dining areas and classrooms; ensure staff members who provide nutrition education shall be appropriately certified and trained.

Other School Based Activities
Rochester School for the Deaf may implement other appropriate programs that help create a school environment that conveys consistent wellness messages and is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, health forums or fairs, health newsletters, parent outreach, employee health and wellness, limiting the use of food as a reward.

For assistance in applying to RSD, to arrange for a campus tour, or for general intake referral information, call 585-336-5854; 585-286-2806 (Videophone), or e-mail:


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