The Maryland School for the Deaf was established at Frederick in 1868 (Chapter 247, Acts of 1867; Chapter 409, Acts of 1868). It is a free public residential school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children who reside in Maryland. Authorized in 1968, the Columbia campus of the Maryland School for the Deaf opened in September 1973 (Chapter 462, Acts of 1968).

At the Frederick and Columbia campuses, the School offers an academic education similar to that of public schools. In addition, it provides vocational education. The School also teaches communications skills, including speech and speech reading, signs and finger spelling, and auditory training; and the use of individual hearing aids. It offers a broad athletic and physical education program, as well as social and recreational activities. To help graduating students secure employment, vocational or technical training, or higher education, vocational rehabilitation services are available.

The Board of Trustees of the Maryland School for the Deaf governs the School. With Senate advice and consent, the Governor appoints the Board's nineteen members to six-year terms (Code Education Article, sec. 8-304).

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