Maryland School for the Deaf opened its doors 150 years ago. At the time, there were few options for parents with deaf children.
Over the years, the school, which serves students from age 2 through high school at its Frederick campus and up to eighth grade at its Columbia campus, has and grown and continues to expand.
The school was the first of its kind in the nation to create a family education program in the 1960s. It was also the first to implement home visits to ensure deaf children’s families were nurturing their language skills early on.
On this week's episode of Frederick Uncut, James Tucker, superintendent of Maryland School for the Deaf, joins host Colin McGuire and News-Post reporter Hannah Dellinger to discuss his philosophy on deaf education as well as challenges that the deaf community has historically faced in education.
Tucker discusses his role in protests at Gallaudet University that led to the hiring of the school's first deaf president in 1988, and the deaf community's early adoption to advances in communication technology.