DePaul School currently serves 70 children who are deaf or hard of hearing ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years. These students come from 40 different school districts in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. DePaul School staff collaborates with the educators and administrators at each of these school districts to endure that we develop appropriate goals and provide appropriate education to each of these students.
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
About 90% of DePaul School students are patients of Children’s Hospital. DePaul School Audiologists work closely with the Otolaryngologists, Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists at Children’s Hospital in support of our students’ hearing loss and assistive hearing technology (hearing aids and cochlear implants).
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Science and Disorders
Interns from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Science and Disorders complete their required service hours at DePaul School, in both Doctorate in Audiology and the Speech Language Therapy programs. Through collaborative meetings with faculty from Pitt, DePaul School has two PhD candidates working 20 hours each providing services to our students and their families. The School of Health and Rehabilitative Services at Pitt has also included DePaul school as a field-site for piloting their VYSITER tele-rehabilitation software, an encrypted, secure platform which allows us to provide live remote teletherapy video-streamed sessions to families for whom distance is an impediment to accessing DePaul Schools services.
Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) and Carnegie Mellon University
DePaul School’s preschoolers (28 students) and kindergarteners (6 students) participate in the Message From Me Project, a collaborative, pilot program developed by Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC). Our students send picture and audio messages to family members during the school day via email or text message. The messages received by families enhance communication between parent and child and connect families to DePaul School.