The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH) operates under the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and supports students from across the state of Wisconsin who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind in a variety of ways.
Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD)
The Wisconsin School for the Deaf is a residential school for deaf and hard of hearing students from throughout the state of Wisconsin. WSD operates under the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and provides educational services for deaf and hard of hearing students ages 3 to 21. WSD focuses on meeting the needs of students with disabilities in the areas of academic, adaptive education, vocational, and social skills development.
WESP-DHH Outreach provides a variety of programs and services to students, ages birth to 21, who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind, their families, and the educational teams and school districts that serve them, regardless of the student's educational placement or communication modality. Most of these programs are free-of-charge.
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Updated June 30, 2015
WESP-DHH, which includes WSD and the Statewide Outreach Program, is in the process of selecting a new Director as Alex Slappey, the most recent Director, retired on June 12, 2015.
To ensure a qualified and capable replacement, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has conducted a nation-wide search for a new Director.
An interview with DPI has taken place, and a second interview involving WESP-DHH Administration and representatives from three stakeholder groups: two parents, two alumni, and two Deaf community members is expected to take place in July. DPI may conduct follow-up interviews if deemed necessary.
DPI expects to be able to fill the Directors’ position prior to the beginning of the 2015 fall term. DPI is committed to hiring the highest qualified candidate possible.
The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH), which includes the Outreach Program and the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, has completed a major “long range planning” process with the help of consultants Tom Mickelson and Dr. Dean Ryerson of ALG, Inc. Browse the links below for videos and more information. View the 2014-2015 Year in Review.