By SILE MOLONEY
The New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) held an Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday, April 13 for over 100 preschool and kindergarten children.
Based in the Bronx since 1924, NYISE is currently located at 999 Pelham Parkway North in Allerton and offers quality programs to more than 250 students from all five New York boroughs, Westchester County and upstate New York. , including more than 100 Bronx children, ages 3 to 5, who attend her preschool.
Staff at the institute, which was founded in 1831 as the New York Institution for the Blind, say it is one of the oldest and most respected schools in the country and provides services specialized in children with disabilities, as indicated above.
Meanwhile, the Danny Awards are a global award that showcases and recognizes the musical talents of people with intellectual and physical disabilities. The event celebrates differences while bringing together individuals of all abilities.
The 2nd Annual Danny Awards, sponsored by René Plessner, took place March 19 at Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space in Manhattan and also streamed live online, having previously been postponed due to the pandemic. NYISE student Wani Benedith, 14, was one of the 2021 Danny Award winners and performed the song “A Million Dreams.” Wani is a solo artist who is legally blind.
Judge and guitarist, Adam Stengel, introduced Wani, describing him as “truly unforgettable” and “a brother, student, singer, public speaker and co-founder of a company called Braille Code Inc”. Stengel continued, “He’s been singing since he was 6 under Naum Shulman’s training.” A Wani performance of the song can be viewed below, and the full award show, including her live performance on the night, can be viewed below, also on YouTube.
Accepting her award, Wani said, “Music has been important to me because it’s part of my daily life. When I was a kid, my mom played me music all the time and she introduced me to a bunch of artists of the day. He added: “Even now, on my way to school every day, I listen to music. I’m glad my undying love for music brought me here. Speaking of bringing me here, thank you to the Daniel Music Foundation and the Danny Awards for recognizing my talent.
Wani then joked, “Not only will this make a great memory for me, but it will also look great on my future CV!” He concluded by thanking the sponsor and founder of the event, his music teacher, who he says guided him to the event, and his family who he says were very supportive.
According to the organizers of the event, the awards show lasted two years and this year more than 100 video submissions were received from talented musicians around the world. Organizers said competition was fierce for the top ten winners. In fact, there was a tie for 10th place, so 11 winners were honored this year, in addition to fan favorite Danny Awards 2021.
A panel of judges made up of musicians and music industry professionals such as Paula Abdul selected the top winners, chosen from video submissions in two categories: “Outstanding Original Song” and “Joyful Expression of a Cover Song. “.
Each winner received a personalized Danny award, commemorating their achievement, $500, plus up to $500 in travel reimbursement.
More importantly, each winner also had the opportunity to share their musical talents with the world through their performance during the show. Visit danielsmusic.org/TheDannys2021 for event details.
In other NYISE news, in 2021, Daniel Lubiner, a teacher at NYISE, announced that he had invented a tablet for people who are blind or visually impaired. This allows them to create tactile drawings and learn Braille at the same time.
As noted, the disability community scored a major victory recently when it was announced that a coalition of disability activists and advocates had settled a court case launched in 2020 under the Americans with Disabled Law (ADA) against the National Board of Elections (BOE).
Daniel Lubiner, a teacher at the New York Institute for Special Education, has invented a tablet for the blind and visually impaired that will allow them to create tactile drawings and learn braille at the same time.
— Seedlings Children’s Braille Books (@SeedlingsBrlBks) January 13, 2021
People with disabilities can now take advantage of a new statewide accessible mail-in ballot program to vote in future elections. A federal court approved and ordered the terms of the settlement agreement, under which the State BOE will create the new program. It will allow blind and disabled voters to complete a remote, accessible, mail-in ballot online, print it and return it to their respective county electoral board.
For more information about Daniel’s Music Foundation, visit: https://www.danielsmusic.org/.