Open House at Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende

Youth in Carpetry Workshop

By Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla and Wendy Coulson Catalan

The faculty and students at the Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende (School for Special Education) cordially invite you to attend an open house on Friday, July 8, 10am–1pm, at the school, located at Umaran 107.

Open House
Escuela de Educación Especial
de San Miguel de Allende
Fri, Jul 8, 10am–1pm
Escuela de Educación Especial
Umarán 107
152 0588
Free

The school opened in 2012 to serve the needs of the deaf community in the San Miguel area. Along with an early childhood education program for children three to six years old, EEE offers bilingual primary and secondary school academic programs in Mexican Sign Language and written Spanish. Vocational Training Program workshops are part of our program.

Our mission is to ensure that all San Miguel children who are deaf or hearing impaired become literate, independent, and productive citizens who set and achieve life goals.

In addition, we provide support to the families of deaf children by offering Mexican Sign Language classes to them and to other interested members of the community.

There is no other school of its kind in the State of Guanajuato and EEE receives no government funding to assist in its operation. There is no special education offered in the public education system, i.e., no teachers trained to teach in Mexican Sign Language. Therefore, children who are deaf or hearing impaired are left to languish, virtually untaught, in public school classrooms. EEE operates exclusively through donations received from individuals, foundations, charitable trusts, church groups, and through fundraising efforts.

We open our doors to the community to introduce our students who will also showcase their end-of-the-year academic projects. Attendees can observe our early childhood education program, where young children learn to communicate in their first language, Mexican Sign Language, and are given the opportunity to socialize and interact with other children.

Venturing upstairs, you will observe youth and adult students learning marketable skills in well-equipped sewing, carpentry, and jewelry-making workshops. Our school’s baking program makes tasty cupcakes available for purchase from Cupcakes de Carla y Amigos at TOSMA (Saturday Organic Market). The workshops form part of the school’s job-training and placement program intended to prepare our students for future employment.

At the open house you participate in a Mexican Sign Language class to learn more about deaf culture from Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, the school’s new director. Teachers and students will present poems and songs in Mexican Sign Language and give demonstrations in all of the workshops.

We are opening our doors to raise awareness among other deaf children and their families who can use our help. We know we can help educate as well as provide a better future to other deaf youths. We also wish to encourage volunteer participation and to raise awareness of Guanajuato’s deaf community and culture. If you know a family who could benefit from our service and support, please invite them to join us at our open house.

For more information, contact Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, director, at 152 0588 or email info@eeesma.com. Our website is eeesma.com and our Facebook page is Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende.

 

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