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Sarah Glenn-Smith with TLC Students

Message from the CEO

Welcome to The Learning Center for the Deaf!

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an internationally-recognized, multi-service agency and is the largest provider of services to deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in New England. Since our founding in 1970 by Warren Schwab, TLC has been a pioneer in Deaf Education.  The Learning Center for Deaf Children was the first school in Massachusetts to advocate for use of sign language in instruction. In the 1990s, TLC was the first school in the nation to formally develop and implement a bilingual (American Sign Language and English) and bicultural (Deaf Culture) model for educating deaf children, now a common and respected approach employed by schools for the deaf across the country.

For 50 years, TLC has been at the forefront of advocacy by and with the Deaf community.  TLC leaders and staff are active in efforts to advance equity for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and TLC employees are engaged in leadership positions in organizations including National Association of the Deaf,  Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), and Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf (MSAD).  We are proud to be a nationally-recognized employer of choice for ASL-fluent and deaf and hard of hearing professionals.

We employ 400 full and part time staff, about half of whom self-identify as deaf or hard of hearing, and we are one of the state’s largest private employers of deaf individuals.  In 2019, TLC was selected as outstanding organization of the year by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  In 2018, TLC was recognized by Rochester Institute of Technology National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) with Outstanding Employer Partner Award for having a sustained record of hiring RIT/NTID deaf and hard of hearing co-op students and graduates. 

We are grateful for the families, friends, leaders, and collaborators who help make our work possible.  I look forward to the next 50 years as we work together to ensure that all deaf and hard of hearing children and adults thrive by having the knowledge, opportunity and power to design the future of their choice.

Sarah Glenn-Smith, MBA, PhD
Chief Executive Officer