South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind

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About Us

About Us
 
The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s only specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. The main campus is located in Spartanburg, but the school serves students throughout the state through its campus and outreach programs.

 

Governance

 

The work of the school is overseen by the school’s president and an all volunteer board of commissioners appointed by the governor. The 11 member board includes representatives of:

 
·         Each of the state’s seven congressional districts
·         Blind Community
·         Deaf Community
·         Sensory Multidisabled Community
·         State at Large
 

Ex officio board members include:

 
·         State Superintendent of Education
·         Commissioner of the Department of Health and Environmental Control

 

 

Funding

 

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is funded through state, federal and donor dollars. The school also receives fees for many of its outreach services.

 

The school’s private fund-raising arm is The Walker Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

 

Strategic Planning

 

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind reviews its strategic planon an annual basis and reports its accomplishments in a yearly accountability report. (There will be links to the strategic plan and accountability report.)

 

The school’s mission is to ensure that the individuals we serve realize maximum success through high quality education programs, outreach services and partnerships.

 

The school’s long-term vision is to be the statewide leader in education and accessibility for individuals who are deaf, blind or sensory multi-disabled.

 

 

History

 

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind was founded in 1849 by the Reverend Newton Pinckney Walker as a private school for students who were deaf. The School for the Blind was established in 1855, and the school became state funded in 1856. The School for the Multihandicapped was established in 1977, and the school began providing outreach services in the mid 1980s.

 

 

You’re Invited to Visit or Contact Us

 

We invite you to call or visit to learn more about the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. For more information, contact Katie Rice, public relations director, toll-free at 1-888-447-2732, by direct line at (864) 577-7506 or via e-mail at krice@scsdb.org