Most students at the Tennessee School for the Deaf live too far from school to commute daily. These students live in small groups in cottages that are designed to create a feeling of suburban family life.
Each cottage provides a nurturing, stable environment in which staff and students work together to establish a home-like atmosphere. Staff members are specially trained to meet the individual needs of each student in their care and curricula have been established to develop social, emotional and independent living skills. Students are expected to cook, clean, do laundry, take care of plants, and other household chores that are a part of home life.
In addition to cottage-based activities, students participate in a well planned recreational program, take off campus trips, and are given the opportunity to interact daily with hearing children.
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