We are glad you have chosen the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) for your child’s education. We know it is important for you to stay connected with your child, particularly if s/he attends the Boarding program. Parent support is a very important element in the success of FSDB students. We encourage you to take an active and supporting role in your child’s education, and to help make learning a positive experience both at home and at school. Check our web pages often to keep up with what is happening on campus.
At FSDB, parent involvement and student academic achievement are closely linked. One of our primary goals is to strengthen our communication and engagement with parents. We hope that you find the information contained in these pages helpful. Your support as we continue to work toward meeting and exceeding expectations during the school year is much appreciated. Parents of FSDB students have numerous opportunities for active learning and involvement:
- Parent Engagement workshops
- Adaptive Technology classes
- American Sign Language classes
- Braille classes
- And much more!
At FSDB, we understand families of children who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. Whether your child was born unable to see or hear, or whether s/he acquired hearing or visual impairment later, finding just the right school program is challenging. Over the years, we have served thousands of families like yours, and we are positioned to help you with the information and resources you need to make important decisions about your child’s education. We encourage you to browse through the links below, including the left navigation links to learn more about the wealth of programs and services offered at FSDB.
If you are a parent living in Florida, you are free to choose the school that best meets the needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. FSDB may be an option for you if your child meets eligibility requirements that have been set by the state. FSDB holds Open Houses each spring and fall to welcome all who are interested in learning more about campus programs and services, academic and extracurricular opportunities for students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired, and statewide programs and services. Learn more about the St. Augustine area and why is a great place to live!
Parent Infant Programs
Our Parent Infant Programs offer early intervention, family-centered programs for children ages 0-5 who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired, free of charge. Services are provided in the family’s home and during daily routines in the child’s natural environment.
Early Learning Center
Our Early Learning Center (ELC) provides a Montessori preschool for young children ages 3-5, who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. Children learn together in classrooms where they have hands-on experience with skilled personnel who use materials specifically researched and designed to teach foundations of language, math, writing, science, and social studies concepts.
We conduct personalized tours of the FSDB campus for prospective families, parents and students, as well as tailored educational tours for school districts, community members, and members of the public.
For more information about Parent Services, contact:
Executive Director, Parent Services