Established in 1870, the three schools, the Elementary School for the Deaf, the Secondary School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind, are designed to meet the special needs of children with hearing disabilities, visual disabilities or those with combined hearing and visual losses.
“It is always exciting to visit the Schools for the Deaf and Blind,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “The students who attend these schools are earning a top rate education at a first class facility.”
Board members will have the opportunity to tour the grounds of the schools and learn of the services that are available to the students. While all schools are meeting the requirements for the content standards and objectives, specialized courses are included in the curriculum to meet the specific needs of children with hearing and visual disabilities.
Also during their tour of the schools, board members will learn more about the Caption Media Program, which provides open-captioned educational and general interest videos to the deaf and hard of hearing. This program is open to children and adults who are hearing disabled, as well as senior citizens and families of deaf children. Additionally, the program is available to service providers such as public or private school teachers, interpreters, vocational rehabilitation personal and counselors. Any one who deals with the deaf or provides services for the deaf is eligible to use this service.
State Board members also will gain more information about the schools’ Instructional Resource Center (IRC), a statewide, centralized depository for specialized materials and information relating to the education of the visually impaired. The IRC contains an expansive collection of books in Braille, and distributes materials for use by blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted students. The IRC also is the administrator for the American Printing House for the Blind Federal Quota Program.
On Friday, Board members will attend the graduation ceremony for the WVSDB. Stewart will be a keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony, which will be held on Friday, June 11, at 10 a.m. at the Secondary School for the Deaf’s Multipurpose Room.