Hear Me, See Me engaged with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind to explore opportunities to increase diversity within its residential Spartanburg campus.
We considered many projects proposed by administration that included racial composition of students, programs for students with cochlear implants, early childhood programs, and admissions policy of visually impaired children. Hear Me, See Me started down the path of revising the admission policy for visually impaired students with the intent of widening admission criteria to bring in low vision students that were otherwise ineligible for admission. During our due diligence we uncovered the School’s blind spot – the current educational model was antiquated and not optimal for the mission of the School and its desire to use its resources to help each child be as successful as she or he can be.
Our work resulted in a recommendation to the school to evaluate critically its educational delivery model with the intent of modernizing its approach to distributed learning and education. Through the diversification of the educational model the School can be better at what it aspires to be.