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Tips to care for your equipment this summer

Tips to Care for Your Equipment this Summer

Copy Credit: Tess Wirt, Audiologist  Summer is in full swing, so we thought it was a great time to go over tips on how to care for your equipment. It’s important to know how to care for your child’s hearing devices when they are exposed to different summer elements, like: Sand Dirt Sweat Sunscreen Pool Water Ocean Water Good news! Most hearing aids and cochlear implants are now very dust—and water-resistant! Depending on the make...
SAILL Preschool program

SAILL Preschool Program

Our SAILL Preschool program is growing, and we want to share all the wonderful details with you! SAILL stands for Speech and Integrated Language for Literacy and is designed for children needing intensive speech and language services, regardless of hearing loss. Our focus is to build language development that will create a strong foundation for literacy. Program Details When a child struggles with speech delays or language impairments past two years of age, they may...
IEP and Transition Tips

IEP & Transition Tips

The mission of DePaul School for Hearing and Speech is to develop listening skills and spoken language in children who are deaf, hard of hearing or have spoken language communication challenges and to prepare them to transition to their home school district successfully at the earliest possible age. The last part of our mission statement is what truly sets us apart because we want your child to learn, grow, flourish, and ultimately leave DePaul. Leaving...
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A Parent’s Perspective: Night at the Races and Highmark Walk

This month we are highlighting the Night at the Races (NATR) and the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community (HMW). Learn more about these wonderful fundraisers from a parent’s perspective. Both events support the Student Activity Fund, which is a passion of DePaul’s Parent Group. Morgan Basinger (Parent Liaison at DePaul) and Kelley Politi actively participate in our Parent Group. Morgan and Kelley share how DePaul has impacted their families, influenced their enthusiasm for the...
The Importance of Literacy for Children Who are Deaf

The Importance of Literacy for Children Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or with a Severe Language Disorder

Our Goal is to Get Students at the Same Literacy Level as Their Hearing Peers Children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or with severe language disorders learn to listen and speak at DePaul School. The students ultimately transition to their neighborhood schools with the foundation to succeed. Did you know that a child’s vocabulary and testing are greatly improved by having their parents/guardians read aloud to them?  In this article, we’ll discuss the importance...
Black History Month

Black History Month — Celebrating Famous Deaf People

During Black History Month, it is imperative to celebrate the remarkable contributions of deaf individuals within the black community, whose stories and achievements often resonate beyond their deafness. They have defied societal barriers, proving that excellence knows no bounds. From the indomitable spirit of Curtis Pride, a deaf baseball player who made significant strides in the sport, to the inspiring presence of Claudia Gordon, the first deaf African American female attorney to be admitted to...
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Top 10 Reasons DePaul is the Best School

Staff, current students, and alumni all agree on these top ten reasons why DePaul is the best school! 1-Longevity  On September 7, 1908, The Pittsburgh School for the Deaf, now known as DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, officially opened with one student. Word of mouth spread and enrollment totals reached between 23 – 25 students by the end of the school’s first year. Since that time, DePaul has been providing 115 years of superb...
Here Comes Santa

Favorite Staff Memories

This article is a special edition as it’s the first of hopefully many sharing sessions from our staff. Working at a school like DePaul organically offers so many exceptional moments and memories that staff cherish. In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share a few jolly memories from Sara Baines-Miller. Sara is the Educational Technology and Communications Director for DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. She’s been with the school since February, 2015...
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How can I donate financially to DePaul?

Why donate?  At DePaul School, our students are indeed remarkable listeners and speakers, and this achievement wouldn't be attainable without the generous support of individuals like YOU! With only 60% of our operating costs being covered by state subsidies, your contributions are critical in guaranteeing our students receive the specialized education they require. Your support empowers our students to succeed! Our Goal In celebration of our 115th year, we are looking for 115 supporters to...
DePaul Students Past and Present

Reminiscing 115 Years of History

Reflecting on 115 years of serving and supporting children and their families in our community is truly a gift we are deeply grateful for. We hope you enjoy this article as we look down memory lane to see how we began and how we continue to adapt to the ever-changing times. Happy 115th birthday DePaul! Before the Beginning; a Brief History Lesson on Pittsburgh At the turn of the 20th Century, Pittsburgh presented an environment...
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How the Pandemic Changed Us

While it may seem like a lifetime ago, it has been over three years since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Reflecting back on that time and how schools dealt with what felt like impossible circumstances seems like a dream. DePaul specializes in hearing and speaking which was drastically impacted by the health mandates. However, that didn’t stop us from coming up with creative ways to maintain our level of education for our students. Since...
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Reach for the Stars Gala: Celebrating 115 Years of Listening and Speaking

The DePaul School for Hearing and Speech was established in 1908 by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. Over the past 115 years, we have been dedicated to providing a voice to children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have severe speech delays. Our mission is to help these children succeed in a world that revolves around hearing and speaking. About the Gala DePaul School’s Reach For the Stars Gala celebrates our students’...

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