Programs & Mission
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.
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES: The Learning Center for the Deaf delivers a full spectrum of educational services to empower deaf and hard of hearing children of all ability levels to achieve their full potential. Services include:
Parent Infant Program – the Parent Infant Program provides support and training for deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents/guardians in a language-rich bilingual-bicultural environment. Families—referred through local Early Intervention centers—can participate in parent support groups, child playgroups, home visits, individual sessions with a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist, and classes in American Sign Language. Services received will be incorporated into a child’s IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan).
Marie Philip School – a Pre-K – 12+ day and boarding (5-day) school providing highly individualized instruction and a broad range of support services to over 200 deaf and hard of hearing students in a language-rich bilingual-bicultural environment where language and communication are keys to building competence, character and community. The program includes day and boarding options, an Honors Program, a Functional Academic Program, and a Career & Technology Education program. Support Services include speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, educational audiology, behavioral analysis, and counseling support.
Public School Partnerships – the Public School Partnership program addresses the specific needs of students with hearing aids and cochlear implants who attend public schools and provides a support system for monitoring deaf and hard of hearing students' academic and developmental progress. The program assists districts in complying with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504 plans) for deaf and hard of hearing students in the classroom. Currently the Public School Partnership program serves over 200 students in 66 towns and 50 school districts.
THERAPEUTIC SERVICES: The Learning Center for the Deaf offers 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. Services include:
Walden School – Walden School is a nationally recognized bilingual-bicultural residential program providing comprehensive treatment and educational services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 22. Walden School students are challenged by severe social and emotional difficulties, and have significant treatment needs that have not been successfully addressed in other academic and residential settings
Walden Community Services - provides linguistically accessible, culturally authentic clinical and support services to families with a deaf member, as they work to understand and respond to the emotional and behavioral health of a child/youth in the home. Walden Community Services has offices in Framingham and Springfield and offers a variety of services including: Therapeutic Mentoring (TM); Wraparound through Family Support and Training (FS&T) with a Family Partner (FP) and Intensive Care Coordination (ICC); and In Home Therapy (IHT). Walden Community Service programs are supported by Mass Health and the Dept. of Children and Families.
COMMUNITY SERVICES: The Learning Center for the Deaf offers a range of community services designed to empower, educate, and engage deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people in the MetroWest area and beyond. Services include:
Audiology Clinic - The non-profit Community Audiology Clinic at The Learning Center for the Deaf provides comprehensive audiologic and hearing aid services to residents of MetroWest and beyond. All proceeds from the services provided and products sold benefit the children being served at The Learning Center for the Deaf.
ASL Classes - In our Community American Sign Language (ASL) Classes, teens and adults learn ASL from native deaf ASL users. Each 10-week session teaches ASL and deaf culture in a dynamic and engaging classroom setting.
Interpreting Services - The Learning Center for the Deaf offers fee-based interpreting services and consultation for local businesses, schools, and local and state agencies. It is currently the only private agency that has a contract with the state through the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
CULTURAL & RESEARCH SERVICES: The Learning Center for the Deaf is committed to ongoing research and activities that promote and enhance Deaf Culture and American Sign Language. Services include:
Center for Research and Training –The Center for Research and Training (CRT) has developed sophisticated American Sign Language (ASL) assessment tools to help determine a child’s linguistic proficiency in ASL and works with schools across the country to implement the assessments. CRT also provides school management consultation and professional development programs to schools. The Center has an ongoing partnership with Boston University.
Signing for Success –The Signing for Success program provides American Sign Language (ASL) classes and private tutoring for families with deaf and hard of hearing children. It provides workshops and presentations related to ASL and Deaf culture for families and for professionals who work with deaf and hard of hearing students. This create awareness for the benefits of early language acquisition and demonstrates the value of fully accessible education and recreational opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing students who communicate primarily in ASL.
Deaf Cultural Center – The newly announced (2015) Deaf Cultural Center (DCC) will provide opportunities for the Deaf Community and those who study and support it to learn more about the history of The Learning Center for the Deaf, the broader Deaf Community, and American Sign Language. The DCC will provide artifacts and exhibits along with papers and presentations that preserve the rich and vibrant history of the Deaf Community and celebrate its unique and dynamic culture.
The mission of The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) is to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students achieve their full potential in an educational environment where language and communication are keys to building competence, character and community.