Deaf and Blind Students Run News Show

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

STAUNTON, Va -- Faithlyn Robinson, a photography teacher, teaches students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in a unique.

“That's very valuable, especially for deaf students to develop their self-esteem. Remember the phrase, 'Deaf can solve anything.' They can do anything except hear,” said Robinson.

Deaf students, like Hannah Mills, learned how to run their own news show and to build confidence.

“I'm very energetic, and, I don't know, it's just something I enjoy doing,” said Mills, “I feel like more of a leader now.”

Robinson said Mills influenced her classmates.

“She's so inspiring. I've been really impressed with her work. Even the other students are learning from her as well,” said Robinson.

The video class is one of the school's biggest classes and Robinson helps her students feel proud of themselves.

“It's exciting. It makes us feel happy. We feel like we're a part of the school and helping it grow,” said Mills.

Senior Tashauna Bolding has seen her classmates become more creative, use teamwork and develop communication skills.

“I've noticed a lot of excitement with the other students,” said Bolding, “They've been participating a lot more, and I can tell they are really motivated and are learning a lot more. I can definitely see a change in them.”

The video education program is helping deaf students communicate and Robinson hopes that will spread to other students at the school.

“If we teach them that they can, then they'll be able to show others as well,” said Robinson.

Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is the only school in Virginia using the program.

Students plan to enter a contest to show off their work later this school year.

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