Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende A.C.
Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende offers special education in Mexican sign language to children who are Deaf; programs that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende (EEESMA)’s mission is to ensure that all San Miguel de Allende children who are Deaf become literate, independent, and productive citizens who set and achieve life goals.
EEESMA challenges students with a standards-based curriculum at the pre-school, primary, middle and high school levels using a bi-lingual model of Mexican Sign Language and written Spanish. Vocational training is also offered to promote students' choices and self-determination upon graduation and transition into the work world.
The school was founded in 2012 and now has 26 students enrolled ranging in age from six years to adult. Three are currently signed up for high school and one bright young woman is in her first year of university studies; all taking place online and tutored by the school’s qualified teachers.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, EEESMA teachers have done a masterful job of delivering on-line virtual classes to the students at home. In rural areas, where internet is not available, the school has provided economical smartphones and data plans so that each student has an electronic device dedicated to school use. Although virtual learning is always a challenge, particularly for Deaf children using sign language, regular communication with the teachers and with each other helps prevent feelings of isolation, improving their mental and emotional wellbeing. All teachers and staff continue to work during the Corona Virus lockdown and receive full salaries. This is not only vital to them and their families but also their community. With no government support available, the school relies entirely on fundraising, grants, and donations.
The children look to you for your support. Please help EEESMA continue its valuable work during this challenging time by contributing to a student scholarship. It costs approximately $2,000 CAD per student per year to participate in classes. However, a gift, regardless of size, is always gratefully appreciated.