The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) is a nationally-recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. TLC is a non-profit organization.
Over the past 49 years, TLC has seen tremendous growth – from a small school in a rented room to a robust, diverse multi-service agency with 17 buildings on a 14-acre campus and two additional locations, one in Framingham and the other in Springfield.
Today, we are the largest provider of services to deaf and hard of hearing children in New England, and the largest private employer of Deaf individuals in the State of Massachusetts.
TLC’s commitment to equity and inclusion manifests in our efforts to ensure that communication on campus is open and accessible. At TLC, the primary language of communication is American Sign Language. Our communication guidelines for employees affirms ASL as the primary language of communication for employees on campus. Those new to our community, or learning ASL, are encouraged to use ASL to the best of their ability. Interpreter services are also scheduled in advance for visitors to ensure that communication is barrier-free. Our goal is that all individuals on our campus feel included, respected and welcomed.
At TLC, we honor and celebrate Deaf culture through bilingual-bicultural education; linguistically accessible and culturally-responsive service provision; ASL classes for the community; audiology and hearing aid services; public school consultation; professional research, training, and scholarship; Deaf community events; interpreting services, and our Deaf Cultural Center.
In 2010, TLC received full accreditation from The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), The Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and the Council on Accreditation (COA). TLC is the only organization in the nation to be accredited by all three organizations, exemplifying our commitment to high-quality service provision.
At The Learning Center for the Deaf, we pride ourselves in collaboration, and welcome all inquiries into consultation, education, interpreting, audiology, assessment, research and behavioral health services.