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Kentucky School for the Deaf


The Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD), located in Danville, Kentucky, provides education to deaf and hard-of-hearing children from elementary through high school levels.


KSD was established as the Kentucky Asylum for the Tuition of the Deaf and Dumb on April 10, 1823. It was the first state-supported school of its kind in the United States and the first school for the deaf west of the Allegany Mountains. The deaf were a special concern of General Elias Barbee, a Kentucky state senator, whose daughter was deaf. In 1822 Barbee and John Rowan wrote legislation authorizing the creation of the school. On December 7, 1822 it was signed into law by Kentucky Governor John Adair. With the help of Henry Clay, KSD received two federal land grants in 1826 and 1836. This land in Florida and Arkansas was eventually sold to finance the construction of school facilities.

In the early years it was thought that the Kentucky school might be able to meet the educational needs of all deaf people in southern and western United States. Pupils from all the southern states except Florida, and from as far away as Montana, attended KSD. Eventually, other states established their own schools.


          Kentucky School for the Deaf

This is a resource for every family in Kentucky with a child who has a hearing loss whether it is a mild loss or a profound loss offers services that will enable you to better meet the needs of your Deaf or Hard of Hearing child. 

The SFSC hopes to do this by: 

âPromoting family involvement in the child’s education
âProviding resources, referrals, & information for families related to a wide variety of  topics such as communication, language, literacy, amplification, technology, IEP help ... and more!  We firmly believe families should have access to resources, support, and education which will enable them to make the best decisions for their child
âProviding opportunities for networking with other families also have Deaf or Hard of Hearing children


Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. They are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Their diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. They exist to help deaf and hard of hearing children reach their highest potential.

The Kentucky chapter of Hands and Voices can be found via the following link:


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