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The Clerc Center at Gallaudet University is your one-stop for deaf education resources. It provides information, training, and technical assistance for families of and professionals working with deaf or hard of hearing children.
Located on Gallaudet’s campus, KDES is an accredited day school for deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through 8th grade. KDES is the Clerc Center’s demonstration elementary and middle school. Tuition is free, and students are from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Located on Gallaudet’s campus, MSSD is an accredited four-year school with day and residential deaf and hard of hearing students. MSSD is the Clerc Center’s demonstration high school.Tuition is free and students come from all over the United States and its territories.
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center is federally funded and offers rigorous academic programs to the diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing students ages birth to 21 in the nation. The Clerc Center also provides early intervention services, sign language classes, and other uniquely designed resources for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.
The Clerc Center operates KDES and MSSD as K-12 demonstration schools in service to the nation. Both schools collaborate with educators and researchers from across the country interested in exploring bilingual teaching practices.
Through its affiliation with Gallaudet University, a renowned institution of research and teacher education, University students and researchers learn with and mentor MSSD students. These advantages ensure dynamic practice and current theory in addition to a one-of-a-kind education for each student.
Gallaudet University offers a number of exciting, empowering programs and competitions for deaf and hard of hearing youth up to age 18. These offerings support your child in developing identity, knowledge, skills, leadership, and self-confidence.
For middle school and high school students
Online and on site, regional and national!
In any of our Youth Programs, students can continue to learn and improve their American Sign Language (ASL) skills. One of the best ways to learn ASL is to interact and make connections with peers. Through our camps, programs, and competitions, students immerse themselves into a journey of self-discovery along with the support of peers.
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education magazine is an award-winning publication published annually by the Clerc Center. Each issue is theme-based, focusing on topics of importance as they relate to research, philosophy, and application of the practice of instruction in the deaf education classroom.
The magazine is distributed free of charge to those on the Clerc Center mailing list. To learn more and to subscribe to Odyssey, visit here.
Through partnerships with Gallaudet University Regional Centers (GURCs) host institutions, the regional centers share the Clerc Center’s resources and expertise through training programs, workshops and conferences, youth programs, technical assistance, and consultation. Gallaudet’s undergraduate and graduate programs are frequently shared as well.
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There is a wealth of knowledge in the signing community and at Gallaudet University that continues to grow. Check out more resources and gather all the information you need for your child’s or your student’s success.
This site is designed to share information and provide resources with families and professionals on a variety of topics related to deaf and hard of hearing children and youth under 21 years of age.
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