SMSD is here to bridge the Access Gap for newly arrived Deaf Students and their families in Western New York. Our goal is to develop trusting relationships and assist families who may have additional barriers to service. New arrivals can face challenges and are limited in areas such as formal education, financial resources, English proficiency for families and students, access to formal signed communication.
Guided by Best Practices in Diversity as outlined by CEASD, St. Mary's School for the Deaf can assist in the following areas:
Listening and spoken language Interpreters for events
Deaf Interpreters for assessments of students who lack formal communication.
Taxi Voucher Program
New Arrivals in Buffalo, NY identified by the United Nations include:
Undocumented Immigrant Families
Entire family does not have legal documents.
Child is US citizen, one or both parents are not.
Child is undocumented and living with documented US family members.
Domestic and Worldwide
Combinations of Legal status
Family sponsored immigration
International Adoptions ages 3+
If you need assistance or know someone that does please call or email today.