The Rural Deaf Student Support (RDSS) program provides housing, transportation and outreach to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, ages 3-22. This program is for students from rural areas of Alaska wishing to attend the Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AKSD) in Anchorage.
Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AKSD) is a comprehensive, child-centered school that serves students in the state of Alaska who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The program provides a safe and structured environment for individuals to reach their personal, academic, social, and vocational goals. This program allows preschool through 12th grade students to feel a sense of belonging in a community of people who can understand and cater to their individual needs. Throughout the school year, AKSD students further develop their communication abilities while building higher self-esteem and stronger sense of connection with their community.
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Each student is connected to a host family with the intent that they will return to the same home each school year. Doing so affords the student continuity and the opportunity to create strong and supportive relationships that benefit all.
All at no expense to the family
Host families are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), knowledgeable in both Deaf and Native cultures, and committed to partnership with the students and their parents/families. They meet all State of Alaska foster care requirements, inclusive of supports for the AKSD student's health, safety, recreation, and other needs. Host families also:
Rural Deaf Student Support is a program run by Hope Community Resources, funded via a grant provided by the Alaska Department of Education in partnership with the Division of Seniors and Disabilities Services.