Gabe comes from a family of “unique differences.” His sister is hard of hearing and his brother is dual sensory impaired. Born with Usher’s Syndrome, Gabe is Deaf and losing his sight. At the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB), Gabe receives specialized instruction, support, and resources. And, being in school with other deaf and blind students shows him he’s not alone.
Gabe first joined FSDB through our home-based Early Intervention program. At age three, he moved into our on-campus pre-school. Now, as he begins seventh grade, he attends classes in both the deaf and blind departments. He wants to be a chef one day, so he is excited to take culinary classes this year, too.
Gabe works diligently on language. His mom shares,
“Language is a challenge when you’re Deaf and going blind. He’s learning to read and write in English, read and write in braille, strengthen his American Sign Language, and learn tactile sign language [by which deafblind people use their hands to feel the shape, movement and location of signs].”
And he is up to the challenge.
Gabe is a wonderful young man, admired by teachers and fellow students. He and his mom thank you for your support. Every dollar you give literally changes lives – it allows children like Gabe to become the greatest version of themselves.
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school in historic St. Augustine, available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. The FSDB experience gives students the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. Early intervention and outreach services are also available throughout the state of Florida. Private donations help to support programs that directly benefit students which are not covered by state funds. To inquire about enrollment, contact Parent Services at 904-827-2212 or 904-201-4527 VP. To schedule a campus tour, contact Outreach Services at bit.ly/fsdbtours. For more information, visit fsdbk12.org.