Impact of teachers on deaf students

Posted at 5:59 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 09:07:46-04

It’s Deaf Awareness Week in Buffalo. Today 7 Eyewitness News spotlighted St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. 

We met Pamela Rohring. She has been a teacher for 25 years and was once a student herself. 

About 20% of Americans report some sort of hearing loss. That’s according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. One-hundred-and-one students from all eight counties of Western New York attend St. Mary’s at all grade levels. 

Students are taught different subjects like math and English just like any other school. What’s different is they have to learn how to do both American Sign Language and English sign language. 

School leaders like Rohring say they’re trying to prepare students for the challenges of the real world.