IS ISD THE RIGHT PLACE FOR MY CHILD?
Students with all communication methods, abilities and devices are welcome at Iowa School for the Deaf! Our students vary in their hearing levels, from those with mild losses to those with severe | profound losses. Cochlear implants and hearing aids in bright colors are prevalent on campus; and some students do not use any device.
Visitors are surprised at how “loud” ISD really is! Speech language pathologists strategize with students who wish to maintain their residual voicing abilities. American Sign Language is used on campus and all employees are required to attain and retain a level of signing, based on the amount of interaction they have with students. Depending on individual class needs, teachers sign, speak or conduct class using both communication methods.
Top 10 Advantages at Iowa School for the Deaf
- Direct communication between students and teachers means nothing is lost in translation.
- Teachers are licensed in both deaf education and a content area.
- All staff are required to attain and retain sign language proficiency levels.
- Unique mainstream options are offered.
- There are on-site speech language pathologists.
- Students speak, use sign language, or both. Some students have cochlear implants or hearing aids, while some use no hearing devices.
- Small class sizes encourage students to express their opinions and ideas.
- A language-rich environment surrounds students who board on campus.
- Friends interact directly (no interpreter needed!)
- Students/families do not pay to attend ISD. It is financed by state and federal governments with special costs billed to school district.