Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind fight to keep programs

Summarized by Julia Lynn Rubin, staff writer

State legislation in Utah has made a large budget cut to education in the past few years, one that is leading to the loss of programs, faculty and staff. Deaf and blind programs have lost two million dollars and felt the cuts deeply, but despite the tough economy, people are not giving up on them. Steve Noyce, superintendent for Utah’s Schools for the Deaf and Blind, says it is not just classroom programs that have been affected, but student support including but not limited to audiologists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and occupational therapists as well. He says teachers have been asked to volunteer their weekends to teaching and bake sales are organized to help fund the programs that the schools need.

Parents of deaf children in Utah recognize the enormous benefits of deaf and blind education programs, noticing the remarkable differences in their children in adapting to the world. There are more than two thousand students in Utah’s Schools for the Deaf and Blind, some receiving assistance from neighborhood schools and organizations, including a recently funded private foundation to help the programs continue on.

To find out more about the foundation, and Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind visit: www.usdb.org

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