Established in 1870, the facility is divided into three schools, the Elementary School for the Deaf, the Secondary School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind, each with its own administration and faculty. Each school is designed to meet the special needs of children with hearing disabilities, visual disabilities, or those with combined hearing and visual losses. Necessary support services such as health, diagnostic and mental health, food service and business affairs are available as well.
“The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind are such wonderful academic institutions,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “The faculty and staff are 100 percent dedicated to leaving no child behind.”
McBride informed the Board that all schools were meeting the state’s requirements for the content standards and objectives. However, because of the nature of the school, specialized courses are also included in order to meet the specific needs of children with hearing and visual disabilities. The schools’ staff prepare individual education program (IEP) for each student in conjunction with his/her respective parents and county school personnel. The Schools for the Deaf and Blind also provide preschool services through the SKI-HI and INSITE programs.
In addition to the academic courses and special skill classes, students have a wide range of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports. Academic bowls, Space Camp, music production soccer, basketball are just a few of the activities that are made available to them.
“We applaud the work that is done at the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind,” said Stewart. “We are so fortunate to have such a faculty and staff to care for these students.”
The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind is located in Romney, W.Va.