A continuum of educational placements are available for Manitoba students who are Deaf and hard of hearing:
Many things need to be considered when parents make decisions with respect to their child’s education. These include: where they live, access to services, amplification, mode of communication and therapy options.
School divisions generally support students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing within the context of the neighbourhood school. In larger school divisions or where there is a larger population of students with hearing loss they may also “pool or cluster” resources and have specialized program placements within their division. These “cluster” programs are designed to concentrate services within one school to support a number of students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing from across the school division. These programs typically have a variety of specialized supports depending on the needs of the students. Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and attend class in their neighbourhood school may receive the support of a variety of professionals including, but not limited to: Consultants for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Interpreters, Speech and Language Pathologists, Auditory/Verbal Therapists, and Audiologists. Computerized notetakers or educational assistants may also be provided to assist in meeting a student’s academic and programming goals.
In addition to services they may have locally, school divisions can request consultative support from Manitoba Education’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Unit.
Parents may choose to have their children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and who communicate in American Sign Language (ASL) attend classes at the Manitoba School for the Deaf (MSD). MSD offers a bilingual bicultural learning environment in which students complete the provincial curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school philosophy provides opportunities for early language acquisition and facilitates proficiency in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. MSD offers visual announcements and classroom communication systems, videoconferencing equipment, videophone equipment and a Multi-media Centre. Please see the Manitoba School for the Deaf website.