About John Powers Center
The John Powers Center provides instructional and integrated services for students from early childhood to eighth grade who are deaf or hard of hearing and rely on sign language as their main mode of communication or use it to supplement their auditory and oral communication skills. All staff members at the John Powers Center are proficient in sign language and classes are taught using Conceptually Accurate Signed English and American Sign Language. Students with hearing loss may require a significant level of support services. In addition to traditional modes of therapy, a trans-disciplinary team model is utilized to carry over related service goals into the classroom. Educational teams work collaboratively to provide a comprehensive program of support during the entire school day. In addition, many deaf and hard of hearing students require sign language interpreters to understand the spoken word in academic and social situations.
The Language and Social Skills Opportunities (LASSO 1) Program provides services for students from first through eighth grades. The program provides a highly structured learning environment to meet individual needs in the areas of comprehension, pragmatics, social skills and sensory input. Over the years we have found that the communication and linguistic focus integral to the John Powers Center has been greatly beneficial to students in this unique program. See our program brochure HERE.
Students are placed at the John Powers Center by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team. If you are interested in a potential placement at the John Powers Center, please contact your resident school district's special services director.