DePaul School for Hearing & Speech, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the only auditory-oral school in the Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia tri-state area. We teach children from birth to age 14 to listen, to speak, and to learn without using sign language.
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech is one of only 46 schools worldwide, and the only one in Western Pennsylvania, using the auditory/oral method of teaching. Auditory/oral education teaches children with hearing loss to listen and talk. The goal is to give children the necessary spoken language skills to be successful in the mainstream of education and function independently in the hearing world.
DePaul's small, self-contained classrooms (4:1 student teacher ratio on average) coupled with daily individualized instruction and therapy provide an integrated approach to learning spoken language. Teachers in these programs are state certified and highly trained to provide listening and spoken language instruction throughout the day in all classroom and school activities.
Following the values and traditions of our founders, the mission of DePaul School for Hearing and Speech is to teach each child who is deaf or hard of hearing to listen, speak and learn. Our children enter the educational mainstream with the foundation to succeed.
Founded in 1908 by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech has been providing quality auditory oral education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing for nearly 100 years. DePaul School is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an approved private school. It is the policy of DePaul School to provide equal educational opportunities to all students who qualify for admission to the programs without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ancestry or national origin.
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech carries out its commitment to auditory/oral education through our dedication to these core values:
The Auditory/Oral Philosophy
We believe that children who are deaf and hard of hearing have the potential to develop listening and spoken language skills as the foundation for lifelong literacy and intellectual growth.
We embrace our responsibility in providing the best education for children who are deaf and hard of hearing through the development of academic skills that ensure success in the educational and social mainstream.
Respect for the Individual
We welcome children of all religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds in recognizing diversity as a strength in our community.
Commitment to the Children We Serve
We demonstrate our commitment to the children we serve by providing a learning environment that fosters the spiritual, emotional, and personal growth of each child.
We value the participation of parents and all family members in their child's education as we recognize the importance of their role as their child's primary teacher.
Support for the Educational Community
We support the development of a trusting and respectful educational community where children, their families, and the DePaul staff work together as partners in the educational process.
Collaboration Beyond our Community
We engage professionals from the medical, educational, and philanthropic communities to enlist support and collaborate in an effort to provide quality auditory oral services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Innovative Use of Technology
We recognize the vital role of technology in providing state-of-the-art audiological and educational services throughout our school.
Encourage Life Long Learners
We encourage our staff to be life long learners and recognize that as their skills as educators grow, our ability to provide excellent educational services grow.