West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind
name =West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind
caption =WVSDB main building in an 1880 engraving.
March 3, 1870
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website = [http://wvsdb.state.k12.wv.us/ West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind]
West VirginiaSchools for the Deaf and Blind were established by an Act of the Legislature on March 3, 1870. The School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind offer comprehensive educational programs for hearing impairedand visually impairedstudents respectively. There is also a unit for deafblindand multihandicappedchildren. Students are eligible to enroll at the age of three. They must also be residents of the state of West Virginiaand exhibit a hearing or visual loss sufficient enough to prevent normal progress in the usual public school setting. The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind are located on a campus in Romney in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. Locally, the schools are referred to simply as the The D&B School.
Both the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind are supervised by the
West Virginia Board of Education, supported by the state of West Virginia, and fully accredited by the North Central Association for Colleges and Schoolsat the elementary and secondary levels.
The idea to establish a school in West Virginia for the deaf and blind began in the late 1860s and early 1870s. Professor H. H. Johnson of Franklin, himself blind, was instrumental in bringing a school for the deaf and blind to West Virginia. During his youth, Johnson had attended the
Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blindin Staunton, Virginia. Shortly after West Virginia's statehood, Johnson recognized the need for such a school in the state and he began canvassing the state gathering support for his project. Several towns including Romney, Clarksburg, and Parkersburg all lobbied to have the school located there, but Romney was selected following an offer consisting of the buildings and grounds of the Romney Literary Society's Romney Classical Institute. The Romney Classical Institute had laid dormant since the American Civil Warwhen its libraries' volumes were destroyed and its campus was left beyond repair.
On March 3, 1870, H. H. Johnson's dreams became a reality when the
West Virginia Legislatureapproved a measure calling for the creation of the West Virginia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind. The school opened on September 29, 1870 with thirty students, twenty-five deaf and five blind students. Through the years, additional buildings and grounds have been added to accommodate increasing enrollment. Currently, the main campus consists of sixteen major buildings, containing approximately 302,000 square feet, situated on seventy-nine acres of land.
On May 17, 1916,
Helen Kellervisited the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
Big Run (South Branch Potomac River)
* [http://wvsdb2.state.k12.wv.us/ West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind]
* [http://www.wvculture.org/history/education/romneyschools01.html Act Establishing the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind]
* [http://www.wvculture.org/goldenseal/fall02/dbschools.html Goldenseal: "A Campus Called Home"]
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