It’s the access to direct communication which sets Iowa School for the Deaf apart from other public schools. Teachers provide instant information and feedback without needing to use an interpreter. Our students are amazed when food service staff, housekeepers and bus drivers sign with them.
For many of our students, Iowa School for the Deaf’s environment is the first time they’ve experienced best friends, invitations to birthday parties, and developed positive goals about their futures.
Many of our students find it easier to participate in class discussion with our specialized teaching staff. Often, Iowa School for the Deaf parents notice their children are more confident about themselves and are now joining sports and activities without hesitation.
When communication barriers are eliminated, our students aren’t “different” from their peers. They experience true inclusion and enjoy peer interactions that build a sense of belonging and identity.