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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.  

Established in 1970 and headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, The Learning Center for the Deaf is a multi-service organization that provides a broad range of services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults.

The Learning Center For The Deaf provides comprehensive educational, therapeutic, and community services to over 1,500 children and adults annually from 94 communities in Massachusetts and 12 additional states.  TLC is the largest provider of services to deaf and hard of hearing children in New England and is the largest employer of the deaf in Mass. TLC is a pioneer in bilingual-bicultural education.

The Learning Center for the Deaf offers:

  • a full spectrum of EDUCATIONAL SERVICES to empower deaf and hard of hearing children of all ability levels to achieve their full potential;
  • a continuum of THERAPEUTIC SERVICES that provide highly individualized care and therapy to deaf and hard of hearing children and adults facing social and emotional challenges;
  • a range of COMMUNITY SERVICES designed to empower, educate, and engage deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts and beyond; and
  • ongoing CULTURAL AND RESEARCH SERVICES that promote and enhance Deaf Culture and American Sign Language.
Education services include:
  • Parent Infant Program (an Early Intervention Specialty Service Provider),
  • Marie Philip School (a Pre-K-12+ bilingual-bicultural day and boarding school)
  • Public School Partnerships (consultation and support services for mainstream students).

Therapeutic services include:

  • Walden School (a bilingual-bicultural residential treatment program for emotionally challenged students)
  •  Walden Community Services (home and community-based clinical and support services to youth and families). 

Community Services include:

  • Audiology Clinic (outpatient clinic, open to the public)
  • ASL Classes (10-week classes taught by native users)
  • Interpreting Services (ASL-English interpreting for educational, medical, and community agencies). 

Cultural and research services include:

  • Center for Research and Training (ASL-English Assessments, Consultation, and Professional Development Trainings)
  • Signing for Success (ASL Classes, resources, and workshops)
  • Deaf Cultural Center (celebrating, preserving, and promoting Deaf Culture).

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) and continues to maintain full accreditation with each of them. TLC is the only organization in the nation to be accredited by these three organizations.

For more information about our history, visit: www.tlcdeaf.org/history

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