Business Spotlight: The California School for the Deaf Riverside

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(This article contains excerpts from California School of the Deaf Riverside)

From its inception in 1953, the California School for the Deaf, Riverside has attracted deaf scholars and steadfast staff with innovative spirit and a desire to serve deaf students. These exceptional individuals have created paths of success and opportunities for many students. The California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) is a component of the State Special Schools and Services Division of the California Department of Education. The school serves deaf and hard-of-hearing students, between the ages of 3 and 21, who reside in the 11 counties of Southern California.

CSDR provides comprehensive preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school programs. The curriculum for each program is based on the California Content Standards and the national Common Core Standards. Each program includes a full-range of standards-based academic curriculum, appropriate prevocational and vocational preparation opportunities, and extracurricular activities. Services provided at CSDR include: instruction in American Sign Language (ASL), written English, and spoken English when appropriate; audio logical services; assessment and intervention services; school-based counseling services; social work services; adapted physical education; occupational therapy; and family sign language classes. American Sign Language, as a visual language, is ultimately accessible to all CSDR students whether they are deaf or hard of hearing.

A solid foundation in American Sign Language can lead to the development of English literacy. Development of fluency in both American Sign Language and English literacy is essential for academic, intellectual, socio-emotional, and social growth at CSDR and must begin as early as possible. The development of English literacy is of paramount importance for success in academics and careers. Language growth and conceptual learning are facilitated when communication is clear, consistent, meaningful, and accessible.

CSDR is a place where deaf and hard-of-hearing students can participate in practical and abstract activities that require higher level thinking skills and inspire personal growth. There is no cost to parents or school districts for the educational program at CSDR. There is a cost to be paid by the local school district if a student lives on campus.

Read more about The California School of the Deaf.