Students Travel From Surrounding Counties To Attend Lubbock ISD Deaf Program | KLBK | KAMC

LUBBOCK, Texas — Students travel from surrounding counties to take classes at Lubbock ISD for their program for deaf and hard of hearing students.

They come to the program if they cannot function independently in their own school districts.

Some come from as far away as Muleshoe.

Once they are diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing, a parent-child teacher visits their home and teaches sign language to their parents.

“She helped me learn how to do my homework,” said Overton Elementary student Harper Wilson.

They start school at age three at Overton Elementary.

From there they move on to Irons Middle School and Coronado High School.

“We are learning social studies. We’re talking about the earth and the moon,” Wilson said.

Students begin in Deaf Education classes, then move into mainstream classes with an interpreter and teacher.

“I go with her for all the lessons, then she reads and writes, English with me in a self-contained classroom,” said Silvia Bandy, a deaf and hard of hearing teacher at LISD.

Children grow and change together.

“I helped tie her shoes and when she fell I helped her,” Wilson said.

Michael A. May