All children in North Carolina deserve the opportunity to get a sound, basic education. That’s why we created three schools that are dedicated to the education of deaf and blind children across the state.
These schools, based in Morganton, Raleigh and Wilson, currently serve around 200 children who receive a specialized education that includes work training and life skills not taught in mainstream schools.
Unfortunately, the legislature passed a budget in 2011 that requires the Department of Public Instruction to close one of the three schools by 2012. According to the President of NC Chapter of the Federation for the Blind, Mr. Gary Ray, unemployment among the blind is already at 70%. If the state closes one of these schools, that could number will likely go up.
The bottom line is that children suffering from visual and hearing impairments have just as much right to a quality education as any other child. It’s the job of our elected officials to make sure that happens.