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Founded by parents... providing excellence in education, one child at a time.
Founded by parents... providing excellence in education, one child at a time.



Throughout WRSD's rich history, beginning in 1967 when a parent group founded the school, parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing students have played important roles as part of their children's support networks. We continue to recognize the importance of parent involvement to a child's communicational and academic success, so our teachers reach out to their students' families through phone and email contact, home visits, frequent progress reports, parent-teacher conferences and daily communication notebooks.

Raising a Deaf Child

Whether you're a parent, guardian, relative or teacher, you're bound to have questions about how to raise and educate a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf manages a moderated website, Educating Deaf Children, where international experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Willie Ross' own professional development and analysis of the latest research findings inform how we evolve our teaching approaches to educate your child.

Raising and Educating Deaf Children is another resource that provides objective, evidence-based information for policy-making and practice associated with raising and educating deaf children. Dr. Louis Abbate, President Emeritus of The Willie Ross School for the Deaf, is an editor of the website, along with Dr. Marc Marschark, Director of the Center for Education Research Partnerships at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Other Resources

Educating Deaf Children
American Society for Parents of Deaf Children
National Association of State Directors of Special Education
Massachusetts Parent Information and Resource Center
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc.