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Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
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Before the Civil War, most southern states provided no formal education for African American deaf students. After the war, during the period known as Reconstruction, the federal government began to force social changes in the South. In 1868, North Carolina created a "Colored Department" alongside the main state school for deaf students. Other southern states soon followed, creating separate schools or departments.
Kentucky School for the Deaf c. 1884
Kentucky School for the Deaf c. 1889 - 1890
Black and white students were taught on the same campus at the Kentucky School for the Deaf, but they had separate classrooms and dormitories.
Kentucky School for the Deaf c. May 1920
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