Iowa School for the Deaf
Strengths in FY 2010
The Iowa School for the Deaf, located in Council Bluffs, provides comprehensive educational programs and services for deaf or hard-of-hearing students, age preschool through age 21, including those with multiple disabilities. The School promotes personal and individual student excellence, with a focus on preparing students for community participation as successful and productive adult citizens with skills comparable to their hearing peers.
An excellent example of this student preparation has been the School’s efforts to construct a new Science Center, funded almost entirely by private funds, to provide a modern science center for Iowa School for the Deaf students. At the close of FY 2010, the School had nearly reached its fund raising goal of $1.2 million, and construction was progressing on schedule toward October 2010 occupancy.
Efforts to bring the Science Center to reality speak to the School’s recognition of the importance of both a strong science education to prepare students for their 21st century educational and career goals, and equal educational opportunities for our hearing-impaired students.
In April 2010, the Iowa School for the Deaf was honored to host the national meeting of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) in Council Bluffs. The CEASD is committed to promoting excellence within a continuum of equitable education opportunities for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. The work of the CEASD on a national level has a direct impact on Iowa students, and its recent efforts resulted in important federal stimulus funds for the Iowa School for the Deaf. The Board of Regents was pleased to have the opportunity to feature the Iowa School for the Deaf, and its outstanding work with deaf and hard-of hearing students, to this highly respected national organization.