HSDB Receives National ACCREDITATION!!!

For the first time in HSDB’s history, HSDB is ACCREDITED!!! On July 1, 2019, the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) gave HSDB a Six-Year Accreditation Status. HSDB is now one of the few schools for Deaf and hard of hearing students in the U.S. with national accreditation.

To maintain accreditation, WASC will conduct a 2-day visit in 2025 to insure HSDB is continuing its excellent work and have addressed areas WASC identified as needing improvement. Congratulations to all the Teachers, Educational Assistants, Houseparents, Administration, Support Staff and School Community Council members who made this accreditation possible.

Family Learning Adventure

Our annual Family Learning event will happen this weekend, June 29th and 30th, at Camp Mokule’ia. This is a fun-filled educational event for HSDB families. Our key speaker is Sheena McFeely Mansfield. The Mansfields are a family of four that live in Austin, TX who exclusively use the vibrant American Sign Language (ASL) as their home language as well as primarily out of the home. Manny, Sheena, and their oldest daughter Shaylee are deaf while their youngest daughter Ivy is hearing. 

Sheena and her family appeared in a Born This Way episode, “Deaf Out Loud.” She is also the author of the best-selling book, Shay and Ivy: Beyond the Kingdom. The family has their own ASL program on the internet, ASLNook, available to anyone who wants to learn ASL – free.

In addition to the program for parents with Sheena, children will have plenty of activities – drama, arts and crafts, games, low and high ropes, and more – to make this an enjoyable weekend for all.