Gallaudet University and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center offer a variety of programs and services that meet the needs of deaf children, parents and professionals.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States.

The Clerc Center also maintains two demonstration schools on the campus of Gallaudet University, Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD). These schools:

  • enroll deaf and hard of hearing students from infancy through high school.
  • explore effective approaches to teaching and learning that the Clerc Center shares with families and professionals throughout the country.

Gallaudet University Youth Programs

The University offers a number of exciting, empowering, and dynamic programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing high school teenagers. Designed for youth ages 14-18, these programs provide stimulating summer experiential and learning opportunities that blend excitement, education, and enjoyment in a bilingual environment rich in cultural diversity—and located just minutes away from historic Washington, DC!

More information about the youth programs & summer sports camps

Camp Sharp

Summer communication program for deaf and hard of hearing children. Hosted by the Departmeng of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences. More information

Information and Resources from the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

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