April 25, 2019  

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DuBard School Students Advance to Local School Districts

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These DuBard School students will return to their respective schools districts next year.

Fifteen students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) are returning to their local school districts next year. The advancing students were recognized at a special awards celebration held May 18 at the Hattiesburg campus.

“This advancement represents an important milestone in the lives of these fifteen children with severe language disorders,” said Missy Schraeder, DuBard School Interim Director. “While we are always sad to say goodbye to our departing students, we are immensely proud of their progress and know they have the tools necessary to succeed in a traditional school environment.”

The DuBard School for Language Disorders currently serves 80 children in its full time enrollment program. These children have an average of 5.6 diagnoses each, with primary disability rulings in speech, language, and/or hearing. The school is non-graded, with students progressing at their own rate of progress. On average, children attend DuBard School for five years before returning to their home school districts to continue their education.

“The DuBard School is proud to play a significant role in the education of these children,” Schraeder said. “Last year alone, six former DuBard School students graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi. When parents have no hope of a successful future for their child, we can point to those college graduates and say, ‘this is what is possible for your child.’ The DuBard School is changing lives through education.”

About the DuBard School for Language Disorders

The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and is a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school serves children with severe language/speech disorders, including the written language disorder of dyslexia, and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology or deaf education. DuBard School for Language Disorders is a United Way agency. Further information is found at www.usm.edu/dubard.