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Deaf Education

The Education of Deaf students involves ongoing research.  Finding the best possible education for meeting your unique Deaf child's needs will take time and much prayer. 

Note:  Please be patient with us, this page is still underconstruction. 4/2014

Deaf Schools in the US

Note:  SFH rarely recommends Deaf children living in the Deaf school dorm. 

Every Deaf school is different.  Do not assume anything. Thoroughly research the schools by interviewing current families, past families, and making multiple observations in the classroom(s).  Then remember specifically your Deaf child's needs and determine whether or not a particular school may or may not be able to meet their needs adequately.

 

Alabama

Alabama School for the Deaf

The state school in Alabama has a total communication program.

Alaska

Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

State government site with listing of schools in Alaska. This listing includes a TTY number.

Arizona

Arizona School for the Deaf

Photos and general information about the school's programs.

Arkansas

Arkansas School for the Deaf

Web site for the Arkansas School for the Deaf. Includes welcome video, history, and featured students.

California

California School for the Deaf, Fremont

Web page of the school for the deaf in Fremont.

California School for the Deaf, Riverside

School for the deaf in Riverside, CA

Colorado

Rocky Mountain Deaf School

Bilingual charter school in Jefferson County.

Colorado School of the Deaf & Blind

Whether assisting students in their home districts or educating students, CSDB retains a skilled and talented staff that strives for excellence in all that they do and are deeply committed to maintaining quality services for all our students.

Connecticut

American School for the Deaf

This historic school is in Hartford, Connecticut.

Delaware

Sterck School, Delaware School for the Deaf

The mission of the Margaret S. Sterck School, Delaware School for the Deaf, a program for deaf students from birth through age twenty-one, is to educate students, develop their competency in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English, and prepare students to be critical thinkers and independent learners in our changing world, by providing visual access to language and the environment.

Washington, DC

Kendall Demonstration Elementary School

The elementary school/middle school that is part of Pre-College programs at Gallaudet University.

Model Secondary School for the Deaf

The high school that is part of Pre-College programs at Gallaudet University. .

Deafplanet.com

Educational and fun TV program for deaf children. The first web and television series in which American Sign Language is the primary language used.

Florida

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

This school for the deaf is in St. Augustine.

National Deaf Academy

National Deaf Academy, LLC, is a privately owned, 84-bed residential treatment center in Mt. Dora, FL designed exclusively for the treatment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral problems.

Tampa Bay Academy

Charter school serving deaf students with mental health needs.

Georgia

Georgia School for the Deaf

Located in Cave Spring, Georgia, the School offers day and residential programs which meet the academic, social and physical needs of students in a total communication environment.

Hawaii

Hawaii Center for the Deaf & the Blind

HCDB serves student from all of Hawaii's school districts who may be placed at the Center or in mainstreamed settings.

Idaho

Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind

The ISDB vision is a safe, supportive environment for students where educational opportunities are provided to gain knowledge, skills and values needed to perform to their potential in society.

Illinois

Illinois School for the Deaf

Official web site of the school, located in Jacksonville. Information about program, services, news, sports, and an activity calendar.

Indiana

Indiana School for the Deaf

The Indiana School for the Deaf Community promotes academic and social excellence for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students through a Bilingual/Bicultural environment.

Iowa

Iowa School for the Deaf

Iowa School for the Deaf was founded in 1855, moved to its present 115 acre campus in 1870, and will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2005. To honor the 150th anniversary, renovate the public areas of our campus, and to provide more settings for our students and the public to interact, we remodeled the plaza in front of Long Hall.

Kansas

Kansas School for the Deaf

KSD is based in Olathe, Kansas.

Kentucky

Kentucky School for the Deaf

School for the deaf based in Danville.

Louisiana

Louisiana School for the Deaf

School for the deaf based in Baton Rouge.

Maine

Governor Baxter School for the Deaf

The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, encompassing the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (the Center School), Statewide Educational Services (SES), and the Resource Center, offers an array of quality services to all deaf and hard of hearing students, their families, and the greater community.

Maryland

Maryland School for the Deaf

Information about the school's two campuses, online newsletter, activity schedules, and more.

Massachusetts

Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Address, mission statement, and test scores for this ASL-using school in Boston.

Learning Center for Deaf Children

Bilingual-bicultural school for the deaf in Framingham.

Michigan

Michigan School for the Deaf

School history, sports information, and an online newspaper.

Minnesota

Metro Deaf School

Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf

State school based in Faribault.

Mississippi

Mississippi School for the Deaf

The Mississippi School for the Deaf staff works conscientiously to enhance educational opportunities for our students. MSD's educational theme "Quality Education for Every Child" emphasizes the dedication of MSD to provide the best service possible within the resources available.

Missouri

Missouri School for the Deaf

The school's programs are operated on a K-12 structure with students moving through successive grades in each of the three school components; primary, intermediate and high school.

Montana

Montana School for the Deaf & the Blind

The Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) provides educational programming and/or consultant services for children with vision and/or hearing challenges from the ages of birth through 21. Programming at the school is based on individual student needs.

Nebraska

Nebraska School for the Deaf (no website available - possibly closed) 3223 North 45th Street Omaha, Nebraska 68104

Nevada

Nevada School for the Deaf (no website available - possibly closed)

New Hampshire

Laurent Clerc Academy

The Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) provides educational programming and/or consultant services for children with vision and/or hearing challenges from the ages of birth through 21. Programming at the school is based on individual student needs.

New Jersey

Bruce Street School for the Deaf

Day school for the deaf in Newark. Follows Total Communication philosophy.

New Jersey School for the Deaf - Katzenbach Campus

School for the deaf in Trenton. Basic information, staff, programs and services.

New Mexico

New Mexico School for the Deaf

School for the deaf in Santa Fe

New York

Cleary School for the Deaf

Lexington is in Jackson Heights, New York.

Lexington School for the Deaf

Bilingual-bicultural school in Nesconset, New York.

Rochester School for the Deaf

Since 1876, the school has provided the educational solution for thousands of parents who want the very best for their deaf children.

Mill Neck Manor School for Deaf Children

School for the deaf in Mill Neck.

New York School for the Deaf

Also known in the deaf community as "Fanwood," this school is based in White Plains.

St. Mary's School for the Deaf

This school is based in Buffalo, New York.

North Carolina

North Carolina School for the Deaf

News, school history, online alumni magazine, and more

Central North Carolina School for the Deaf

Student-created web site for the school.

North Dakota

North Dakota School for the Deaf

The school is in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Ohio

Ohio School for the Deaf

School for the Deaf in Columbus Ohio. Established in 1829.

St. Rita School for the Deaf

This school is in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma School for the Deaf

Every student will be equipped for life-long learning, responsible citizenship, and productive employment in an ever-changing society.

Oregon

Oregon School for the Deaf

We believe that each student can learn, and accept the challenge of providing a nurturing environment which allows each student to fulfill his/her potential.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Third-oldest school for the deaf in the United States.

Scranton State School for the Deaf

State school for the deaf in Scranton.

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Home page of the WPSD.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island School for the Deaf

The RISD offers a wide range of educational programs to approximately 200 deaf and hard of hearing youngsters (and their families) ages birth through high school, with 100 children in the elementary program, 50 in the junior senior high school, and 50 families in the early intervention and preschool programs.

South Carolina

South Carolina School for the Deaf & Blind

Deaf school in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A tour through the School for the Deaf reveals small classes, experienced and enthusiastic teachers, talented support staff, deaf role models and, above all, students ready and eager to learn.

South Dakota

South Dakota School for the Deaf

School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Tennessee

Tennessee School for the Deaf

Home page of the school, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Texas

Texas School for the Deaf

Web site of the school for the deaf in Austin, Texas.

Utah

Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Campuses in Ogden and Salt Lake City.

Vermont

Austine School for the Deaf

Official web page of the school for the deaf in Brattleboro.

Virginia

Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind

This school is based in Staunton, and also has a branch at Hampton.

Washington State

Washington School for the Deaf

Deaf school in Vancouver, Washington

West Virginia

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

Our school, its students and staff are very proud of the campus and academic programs offered here. The school has a rich history dating back to 1870, and spans the new millennium with the latest in current educational practice and theory.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin School for the Deaf

Home page of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, in Delavan.

Milwaukee Sign Language School

nurturing, academic environment where deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children come together in mutual respect and understanding of the world's diversity

Wyoming

The Mae Olson Education Center (at the Cathedral Home for Children)

Fully-accredited K-12 school which includes a deaf education program. Recently expanded to include three new high-tech classrooms for our deaf students. Nonprofit residential treatment program for children. This program is designed to help troubled and traumatized children (abused children) rebuild their lives. They provide a home, schooling and love to these children through a comprehensive program.

Deaf Education

Deaf children often attend special schools or learning centers where various teaching methods are used to help communicate with and educate them in a way they can learn and become fulfilled, well educated and well rounded people. There are several different methods for communicating and educating deaf students, and some schools may use one two, or even more than two different ways combined. The two basic and most common ways of communicating with those who are deaf are the manual method and the oral method. The manual method of (deaf education) involves sign language exclusively, and teachers communicate with students solely through hand signaling. The oral method uses speech and speech reading to speak to students. Some deaf people are able to read lips, and this is often a result of the oral method of teaching.

In 1817, the American School for the Deaf was established. This school specializes in teaching deaf children exclusively, and was founded by those who believed that the manual method of sign language communication was optimal. Most teachers at the original schools for the deaf were also deaf themselves, so there were no issues in using sign language, since the teachers were well versed in it as well. As time went on and society adapted, it was soon realized that deaf children needed to be able to talk to other people who were not just deaf. There are now many different (deaf education) schools and special programs established all over the United States. The use of speech has been integrated in many instances, and it helps students learn to read lips, and to speak more clearly to others. This method also lets them talk to and socialize with their hearing peers.

There is no one wrong or right way to teach deaf students. Sign language has been shown to be just as effective as using the English language in may different studies. Often, deafness is look at as a form of a disability or a sickness, which can cause deaf children and adults to feel alienated from others. This is why effective communication skills and a good, solid education are so important. By ensuring that the deaf are treated equally, they can learn to become productive, happy members of society and talk to both those who are deaf and those who can hear. Good deaf schools can teach students all subjects and teach them how to talk to others in a way that allows them to express themselves and feel confident. Educating others, including those in the school system, about deafness and proper communication can help to bridge the gap and ensure that deaf students get a quality education.

 

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