Specialist teachers are college graduates, or of graduate age with suitable experience; are in the teaching field and/or are artists with a background in teaching arts to children. They are not only teachers, but also guide their CA's and AA's in teaching skills.
Specialists must keep track of time and be aware of the daily schedule.
In 1938, plans were drawn up to build a facility for children who had an intellectual disability on 375 acres (152 ha) in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island.
Construction was completed in 1942, but instead of opening for its original purpose, it was converted into a United States Army hospital, and named Halloran General Hospital, after the late Colonel Paul Stacey Halloran.
After World War II, proposals were introduced to turn the site over to the Veterans Administration, but in October 1947, the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene opened its facility there as originally planned, and the institution was named Willowbrook State School.
At the time, it was the biggest state-run institution for people with mental disabilities in the United States.
Public outcry led to its closure in 1987, and to federal civil rights legislation protecting people with disabilities.
The store was taken over by Foley's in 2003 for a second location specializing in menswear and a furniture gallery.