Families who have a deaf loved one know just how tough finding a great school for the deaf in their area can be. Schools for the deaf have always been specialty schools and can be hard to come by in a given area, often entailing a long commute for family members. Like any family, the main goal of schooling is to not only have their child gain a great academic education but also ensure that they gain the social skills needed to succeed in the “real world.” Thus, finding a great school doesn’t mean just finding a school, but rather finding the right school to fit your loved one’s needs.
Due to the poor economy the past few years schools for the deaf have seen their funds drastically cut and many have even been forced to close. Though many deaf students can be sent to a mainstream school, most families understand that in many cases it’s necessary for deaf child to attend a school that will cater specifically to their needs. These specialty schools allow their child to not only become enriched academically but also gain social skills and build relationships with their peers.
Within the realm of schools for the deaf there are different types of schooling options. For example, some schools offer teaching by sign language while others rely on forms of oral instruction. There are also both public/state and private charter schools that focus on education for those who are deaf. It’s important to do your research before sending a loved one to a school for the deaf in order to ensure that they are getting the education that best benefits their overall health. A great resource can be your local school district as they are aware of all schooling options in your area. The Internet also contains a plethora of information not only about different schooling options but also about what you should be looking for in a school and who to contact about enrolling your student in a given program.