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A New School Year Brings New Names
Posted 09/01/2015 08:39PM

Effective September 1, the Pre-K through 12+ school at The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) will be known as Marie Philip School at The Learning Center for the Deaf (informally, Marie Philip School). According to Judy Vreeland, Executive Director at The Learning Center for the Deaf, “We decided to make this change not only to honor a beloved educator and friend, but also to reinforce the fact that with a broad range of services for the deaf and hard of hearing, The Learning Center for the Deaf is so much more than ‘just a school.’”

TLC's nationally known residential 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.

Vreeland commented further, “There are many people within the TLC community who have done a great deal of work 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.”

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.

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).

For additional information or to schedule a time to visit The Learning Center for the Deaf, contact Carla Del Pizzo at 774-999-0941 or carla_delpizzo@tlcdeaf.org.

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