Being deaf or being hard of hearing doesn’t exclude you from getting a top notch education. In the United States there are a multitude of schools and universities that offer programs just for you!
These schools all operate with the purpose of aiding hearing impaired students so they can become better educated, encouraged to engage in further studies, become more self confident and directed as well as lifelong learners.
One thing you are going to notice is that these schools all have a rich and varied history dating back up to 200 years in the US. In Europe, schools for the hearing impaired pre-date those of North America by another 200!
Here is a very short list of some of the top tier schools that offer these programs, or are designed solely for the education of hearing impaired students:
Alabama Institute For Deaf And Blind: http://aidb.org
The AIDB was founded by a doctor who wished to educate his deaf brother way back in 1858. Through years of development and commitment, it is now one of the world’s most comprehensive schools for the deaf.
It started small with just one student (William Seaborn Johnson) and within that first year grew to 22 students. Now, 156+ years later, AIDB helps more than 22,500 students throughout Alabama every year.
The American School For The Deaf http://www.asd-1817.org
The ASD was founded even before the AIDB, just shy of two hundred years ago. In 1817, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet journeyed to Paris to learn the art of teaching and educating students who were deaf.
It is the oldest school for the deaf in the entire United States, and was granted some land in the state of Alabama in 1820 which incidentally was the first time the Federal Government granted aid to elementary and secondary special education.
New York State School For The Deaf
This school in New York State was first opened in 1875 (the first academic year). It underwent numerous changed and splits as new students enrolled. By 1880 there were separate buildings for boys and girls.
That obviously isn’t the case any longer, the school is clearly co-ed. But it still focuses on helping hearing impaired children navigate through kindergarten to grade 12 and beyond.