Regional Day Programs
There are over 650 Deaf and Hard of Hearing children throughout Vermont. Though VCDHH’s main campus is in the southern part of the state, we also run regional day programs, taught by experienced teachers of the Deaf.
Our approach is to provide the least restrictive environment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children where they can thrive in an educational setting that allows direct instruction in their native language: American Sign Language. In addition to group classes, teachers provide individual instruction that may use voice and/or English word order depending on the specific needs of each student. Following the required grade-level curriculum, teachers employ various teaching methods and materials to accommodate different learning styles and abilities. All teachers and interpreters work together to ensure that classes are challenging for students without being overwhelming. In instances where special accommodations can help promote a child’s academic success, we readily implement them.
Northern Vermont Regional Classroom
Housed within a public elementary school in the town of St. Albans, students receive specialized instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science and spelling, but join the main public school for lunch, recess, art, physical education, computer technology, guidance, technical education, library and music. During these mainstreamed classes, children are accompanied by educational interpreters. For interested students, there are a number of additional opportunities to participate in mainstream activities.
In addition to the Northern Vermont Regional’s classroom program, we also provide support such as specialized speech/language instruction and consultant services to individual students and their school teams whenever needed.
For more information, please contact Terry Keegan at 802-258-9529 (V/TTY)