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Oregon School for the Deaf

Cranes near Burns. (Photo courtesy Linda Ziegenhagen)

Cranes near Burns. (Photo courtesy Linda Ziegenhagen)

Oregon School for the Deaf
Patti Togioka, Director
Address: 999 Locust St. NE, Salem 97301-5254
Phone: 503-378-3825 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: 503-373-7879


Established in 1870, the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) enrolls students who, because of hearing impairment, need a more comprehensive level of service and/or a more communication-rich environment than can be provided through their regular public school. OSD is funded by legislative appropriation and is operated by the Oregon Department of Education. In 2009-10, 117 students were enrolled at the school at no cost to their families.

Teachers certified to teach the deaf use American Sign Language (ASL) or Total Communication in all instructional settings which uses a variety of modes depending on individual student needs. Modes may include: American Sign Language, English-like signing, spoken English or print. The academic curriculum includes regular state of Oregon diploma credits as well as specialized classes for those students who may benefit from them. It is enhanced by courses in computer-aided design, robotics, culinary arts, graphic arts, deaf culture and ASL, speech, art, and drama. OSD’s high school is Oregon’s only residential, comprehensive, secondary program designed exclusively for deaf students. OSD is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and Programs and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf.