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A Letter from Judy Vreeland: A New School Year Brings New Names
Posted 09/01/2015 06:41PM
Dear family and friends of The Learning Center for the Deaf,

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time. It represents change, it reconnects our community, and it brings a whole new set of possibilities. The opening of the 2015-2016 school year is even more exciting than usual, because it is the year we will start to see some of our branding and marketing work come to fruition, starting with the new name for our Pre-K through 12+ program. If you remember, way back in April (seems like a really long time ago, doesn’t it?), we announced that we had decided to name our Pre-K through 12+ school after our beloved Marie Philip. Today, we are so pleased to make it official!

As of today, September 1, 2015, we will refer to the Pre-K through 12+ program as Marie Philip School at The Learning Center for the Deaf. The change will be gradual...starting with things like the web site, our school newsletters, etc. Over the course of the year, as we introduce a new logo for the entire organization, you will start to see the new name used even more prominently. Our nationally known residential, educational program for deaf and hard of hearing children and adolescents facing severe social and emotional difficulties will continue to be known as Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf.

There are many people within the TLC community who have done a great deal to move the organization forward, but Marie Jean Philip was truly an icon within the broader Deaf Community. She was a pioneer in the bilingual-bicultural movement, and a legendary advocate for the education of Deaf children around the world. Here at home, Marie was a beloved teacher, advisor, mentor, mediator, counselor, and friend. In 2002, we named our elementary school building after Marie, and we feel that it’s fitting to expand that to include the entire Pre-K through 12+ program. (If you would like to read more about Marie’s impact, I encourage you to read our tribute to her at www.tlcdeaf.org/mjp.)

The Learning Center for the Deaf remains the name for our umbrella organization, an organization that is a nationally recognized leader in educational, therapeutic, and community services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Along with introducing the Marie Philip School name, we have made a couple of other changes as well:

• The program formerly known as The Outreach Partnership Program (TOPP) will now be called Public School Partnerships at The Learning Center for the Deaf. This new name better represents the program’s work serving the specific needs of deaf and hard of hearing students who attend public schools, and providing a support system for monitoring deaf and hard of hearing students' academic and developmental progress.

• The program formerly known as Walden Wraparound has been renamed as Walden Community Services at The Learning Center for the Deaf. The new name better represents the breadth of their work in providing 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. Using the Wraparound model, Walden Community Services has offices in Framingham and Springfield and offers a variety of services including, Therapeutic Mentoring (TM), Family Support and Training (FS&T) with a Family Partner (FP), Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), and soon we will be providing In Home Therapy (IHT).

As a member of the TLC Community, you will play an incredibly important role in making these new names a reality. Please begin to use them in day-to-day conversations, in written correspondence, etc. Remember that The Learning Center for the Deaf remains the name for our umbrella organization. We will be supporting your efforts with official communications to our external partners, community neighbors, etc. And we have a few surprises up our sleeves for Homecoming 2015!!

If you have any questions at all about these changes, please contact me directly. Stay tuned for more information as we continue to roll out our updated brand!


Judy Vreeland
President and Executive Director
The Learning Center for the Deaf

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