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Schools for the Deaf

Continuing to Survive and Even Thrive

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Updated February 13, 2011

Dwindling enrollment and funding are closing some schools for the deaf. Other schools for the deaf are changing their mission in order to survive in a reduced form. However, there are still some thriving schools for the deaf in the United States. Not all deaf students find a mainstreaming environment suitable for their needs. Some parents and students prefer a school for the deaf for reasons that can range from academic to social.

Some schools for the deaf use sign language, others only provide oral instruction, and still others may offer both sign language and oral instruction. In addition to state schools for the deaf, there are private charter schools that teach deaf children. About.com has profiled some schools for the deaf.

State Schools for the Deaf

Alabama

Schools for the Deaf - Alabama
A profile of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.

Arizona

Schools for the Deaf - Arizona
Short profiles of schools for the deaf in Arizona. The schools profiled are the Arizona School for the Deaf, the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, and Desert Voices Oral Learning Center.

Arkansas

Schools for the Deaf - Arkansas
A profile of the Arkansas School for the Deaf.

California

Schools for the Deaf - California
Brief profiles of schools for the deaf in California that use sign language or sign language and speech to teach. Schools profiled are the California School for the Deaf, the Marlton School, and Tripod Educational Model School.

Schools for the Deaf - California
Brief profiles of schools for the deaf in California that use oral communication. Schools profiled are Children's Choice for Hearing and Talking, Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf, and the Oralingua school.

Colorado

Schools for the Deaf - Colorado
Brief profiles of two schools for the deaf, the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, and the Rocky Mountain Deaf School.

Connecticut

Schools for the Deaf - Connecticut
Profile of the American School for the Deaf, which started in 1817.

Delaware

Schools for the Deaf - Delaware
Spotlight on one school for the deaf in Delaware.

District of Columbia

Schools for the Deaf - DC
Brief profiles of three schools for the deaf in Washington, DC. The schools profiled are the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and its sister high school the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, and a private oral school, the River School.

Florida

Schools for the Deaf - Florida
A profile of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.

Georgia

Schools for the Deaf - Georgia
Brief profiles of two schools for the deaf in Georgia. The schools profiled are the Georgia School for the Deaf and the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf.

Hawaii

Schools for the Deaf - Hawaii
A profile of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind.

Private Schools for the Deaf

Charter Schools
Charter schools for the deaf are the only growth area today for schools for the deaf. This article lists some of the known charter schools for the deaf.
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