National Deaf Awareness week is celebrated during the last full week in September. Each year students and staff at the North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD/RCDHH) plan activities to help raise awareness about hearing loss in order to create a greater understanding of the issues faced by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Local and statewide awareness events are being planned by NDSD/RCDHH school staff, and outreach workers in Devils Lake, Bismarck, Fargo, Minot, and Rolla as well as by students enrolled in American Sign Language class at Devils Lake High School.
Awareness information regarding the North Dakota School for the Deaf /Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing:
•Devils Lake is the only community in North Dakota that has a state school for deaf children.
•ND legislators passed a bill authorizing the ND School for the Deaf to expand its services to include adults (as well as children) who are deaf and hard of hearing.
•In January-2012 the North Dakota School for the Deaf adopted a new name to reflect the expansion of outreach services to adults. The official name of the school is now North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NDSD/RCDHH).
•An Adult Outreach program was implemented and a coordinator of adult services hired.
•The North Dakota School for the Deaf high school department was closed but the school continues to provide on-campus instruction to students at grade levels pre-school through middle school.
•High school students attend classes and extra-curricular activities at Devils Lake High School. Students whose families do not live in Devils Lake reside in the dormitory at NDSD and continue to obtain educational support services from NDSD staff.
•NDSD/RCDHH has outreach offices located in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, Rolla and Devils Lake. Outreach workers provide services to families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and provide consultation services to educators. NDSD/RCDHH staff from the outreach department travel the entire state to serve students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
•During the past 2011-2012 school year NDSD/RCDHH served 24 students on campus. In addition, the outreach department served more than 1,472 individuals through outreach services.
•Information obtained from 2011-2012 quarterly reports compiled for the Department of Public Instruction documented the following provision of services by staff from NDSD/RCDHH:
•1,272 individuals were provided with interpreter services by NDSD/RCDHH.
•128 individuals enrolled in American Sign Language class provided by NDSD.
•72 adults (deaf or hard of hearing) were served by the NDSD/RCDHH Adult Outreach program.
Page 2 of 2 - •265 presentations (by the Adult Outreach coordinator) were presented statewide.
•1,871 consultations were made to ND schools and the Parent/Infant program.
•845 outreach contacts were made in the provision of direct services to students, educators, and families.
This summary of services is an over-view of the daily happenings at the North Dakota School for the Deaf/Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For additional information regarding any of the services provided by NDSD/RCDHH, please contact Superintendent Carmen Suminski at 665-4400.