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Founded by parents... providing excellence in education, one child at a time.
Founded by parents... providing excellence in education, one child at a time.
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Welcome to The Willie Ross School for the Deaf

From Robert Carter, President and CEO
Robert Carter
Robert Carter
Our school was founded in 1967 by parents who sought to establish an innovative program for their child. Their focus was on academic excellence and educational achievement. They also wished to have a program that would demonstrate the benefits of deaf and hard-of-hearing children learning alongside hearing children. The community at The Willie Ross School for the Deaf is a proud heir to that legacy. We are constantly striving to maintain an instructional environment that meets the needs of our students. The Willie Ross School for the Deaf offers an array of instructional environments and communication methods that address the unique and individual strengths and challenges of each of our students. In educating a deaf child we recognize that deaf children learn differently than hearing…

Our school was founded in 1967 by parents who sought to establish an innovative program for their child. Their focus was on academic excellence and educational achievement. They also wished to have a program that would demonstrate the benefits of deaf and hard-of-hearing children learning alongside hearing children.

The community at The Willie Ross School for the Deaf is a proud heir to that legacy. We are constantly striving to maintain an instructional environment that meets the needs of our students. The Willie Ross School for the Deaf offers an array of instructional environments and communication methods that address the unique and individual strengths and challenges of each of our students.

In educating a deaf child we recognize that deaf children learn differently than hearing children. We accept children for who they are and work, on an individualized basis, to prepare them for life success.

We have developed a dual-campus program that recognizes the historic contribution of the center-based campus and the need for mainstreaming opportunities. Our Partnership Campus, located within the East Longmeadow Public Schools, allows Willie Ross students to be selectively mainstreamed with hearing peers in their grade.

We encourage you to visit our Longmeadow main campus and our Partnership Campus, embedded in the East Longmeadow school system, and learn more about our Outreach Division and related service offerings. The communications approaches used by the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, as well as the approaches of our founding parents, recognize the value and unique needs of each of our students. We offer choices to meet those needs leading to educational success, one child at a time.

Announcements

Annual Gala
Join us for The Willie Ross School for the Deaf Annual Gala - Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Honored Guests:
Constance Gleason Furcolo
Representative Brian M. Ashe

Latest News

June 3, 2016
A comprehensive bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, which will reform education for deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind…
Posted by:
Robert (Bert) Carter

Total Communication

We employ a Total Communication approach in our school programs. Individual communication needs of each student are based on comprehensive and ongoing assessment.  WRSD utilizes American Sign Language, spoken and written English, spoken English in combination with sign support as well as any and all augmentative communication tools deemed appropriate by the child’s IEP team.

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