STAUNTON -- New buildings could mean new opportunities for students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.
The school renovated three dorms, as well as classroom buildings and a student center. The school dedicated them this afternoon.
The renovations are part of the school's move to consolidate the blind and deaf departments. That means that in the new dorms, blind and deaf students will be living together. As part of the consolidation process, blind and deaf students will also learn together.
School superintendent Nancy Armstrong says it is an important way of helping the students build natural social relationships with each other.
"It is an inclusiveness, if you will," Armstrong said. "We're very small - we have 114 students. So it allows them an opportunity to learn about each other, to learn about uniqueness in their disabilities and to appreciate the differences in the disability that they specifically have."
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