Deaf-Blind Awareness Week is celebrated each year during the last week in June, in honor of Helen Keller’s birthday on June 27. This is an opportunity to honor those who promote literacy among children who are deaf, blind, or deafblind and there is no better champion than Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB).
FSDB is a fully accredited, tuition-free state public school for eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. Founded in 1885, FSDB currently serves over 1,000 students on campus and statewide. Their campus of more than 80 acres in historic St. Augustine features a Montessori-based pre-K school and five K-12 schools including access to virtual courses and dual enrollment opportunities.
“What makes FSDB different from other educational programs is the full access to world-class knowledge through language acquisition, development, and mastery,” said FSDB President Tracie C. Snow. “Student-centered experiences are designed to foster intellectual curiosity, nurture personal growth, encourage creative exploration, and inspire a lifelong love of learning.”
FSDB is a trusted statewide resource, providing comprehensive programs and services for students, their families, and the professionals who serve them. The goal is to increase awareness about the many campus-based and statewide educational programs and services provided, including ASL classes, braille literacy opportunities, seasonal campus expos, school-age outreach training, consultation, and evaluation services, and more.
As part of their focus on putting the unique needs of each student first, FSDB personnel work with students to develop confidence, acquire new skills and strengthen their ability to achieve success both within and outside the classroom. Students learn life skills essential for a successful transition to the adult world of independent living, employment, postsecondary education, and community involvement – including financial independence.
At FSDB, students gain the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling the vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success.
Learn more about FSDB enrollment at https://www.fsdbk12.org.