Arizona School for the Deaf Tucson- ASD

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The Arizona School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on the Tucson Campus of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.  The school was established in 1912 and has a century long history of providing quality educational services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Students, from ages 3 to 21, come to the Tucson campus from all over the state to be immersed in a bilingual, direct communication environment.

Commitment to Excellence
The school is committed to providing a safe, supportive, challenging and comprehensive learning environment. It promotes measurable student academic achievement and observable growth in intellectual development, emotional maturity, physical health and well-being, social development, cultural awareness and civic responsibility. ASD recognizes the value of each student and strives to meet each student's academic, social, cultural and language needs.

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ASD is accredited by AvanceED and provides extraordinary and individualized educational services to students. Intense emphasis is placed on ensuring that the curriculum meets the standards set by the Arizona Department of Education. Students are involved in their educational process while reaching their fullest potential.

Each individual student’s educational path (Individualized Educational Program – IEP) is designed and developed by a team that includes family members, the student, the home school district representative, ASD teacher and staff.

An ASD student wearing glasses is holding up his hands and sticking out his tongue. He has blue and white spots painted on his cheeks for Spirit Week. Several students stand behind him with painted faces and hair.Direct Communication Environment
Direct communication and access are a critical part of education and language development.  Students who are deaf or hard of hearing at ASD interact directly with teachers, staff, and peers every day in the classroom, cafeteria, after-school program, and residential program.  Direct access to instruction and peer interaction leads to enhanced educational, social, and emotional development; and allows a greater degree of independence, self-confidence, and self-advocacy.

ASD International Studies class on tour in Italy. They stand and sit in a group and behind at a distance is the Vatican.Full Participation
At ASD, every student has the opportunity to participate fully not only in the classroom but also outside the classroom.  They are able to play on sports teams, participate in student organizations, and go on educational trips.  Our last International Studies club went on a 10-day trip to Italy, which was a rich and rare experience.   We offer similar extracurricular activities to other schools, but the difference is full participation. Students are “included” in their education.

Support Services
ASD is a fully equipped school that offers all kinds of support services, that a student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing would need, on campus.  We have teams of specialists who are able to address student needs such as communication instruction (ASL proficiency, speech development, auditory training, and augmentative communication), occupational and physical therapy, vocational training, and transition planning.

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ASD is a place for students to prepare and become life-long learners, independent decision-makers, productive and responsible citizens who have a recognizable work ethic, knowledge of both ASL and English, and who have the skills, creativity and flexibility to function effectively in an ever-changing world. ASD is a community of leaders and learners!