Washington School for the Deaf Adopts Desire2Learn to Offer Accessible High Quality Learning for all Students

Tue Feb 5, 2008 4:34pm EST

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 Desire2Learn Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise
eLearning solutions, today announced that Washington School for the Deaf,
a state-funded school and education center, has adopted the Desire2Learn
solution to provide a robust, flexible learning environment for many
students with hearing loss. Key factors in the decision included a
variety of interactive components found in the Desire2Learn solution,
such as the ability to chat, easily store information, and include video
streaming. In addition, the flexible approach to training and
individualized support services matched the diverse needs of the agency.

    The Washington School for the Deaf (WSD) is a K-12 state-funded
educational, consulting and transitional center for students who are deaf
or hard of hearing, their families and public schools in Washington
State. WSD is committed to addressing students' needs through a variety
of educational and social services to ensure that they transition
successfully into their adult lives. The Desire2Learn solution will
enable WSD to achieve their goals of providing direct instruction to
students from certified teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, regardless
of where students live. WSD plans to provide courses related to a variety
of subjects and age groups. The unique nature of online learning provides
an opportunity to include skilled professionals from around the state who
can share their abilities with students who desperately need the support.

    Designed to meet the unique needs of districts, teachers, parents and
students, as well as "No Child Left Behind" accountability requirements,
the Desire2Learn solution enables K-12 education providers to easily and
efficiently manage numerous schools, courses, professional development
programs and other specialized programs. The solution supports primary
and secondary education needs with a secure and flexible environment, one
that meets the reporting and management requirements of teachers and
administration. The Desire2Learn technology accommodates unique roles
such as parents, counselors, homeroom teachers, mentors and others to
actively engage all appropriate stakeholders to assist in improving
learner outcomes.

     "We are thrilled with the prospect of being able to meet the educational
and communication needs of students through an innovative medium," said
Heather Abraham, Director of Outreach, Washington School for the Deaf.
"Desire2Learn's services will allow us to reach students and provide
quality instruction through an online learning format that is fully
accessible to students who are deaf or hard of hearing." 

    "We are very pleased to welcome Washington School for the Deaf to our
K-12 community and are excited to assist them in expanding future
educational opportunities for their students," said John Baker,
Desire2Learn President and CEO. "One of our key goals is to help clients
break down barriers to quality education, and by harnessing the
Desire2Learn platform to engage learners, we ultimately improve learner

    About Desire2Learn Inc.

    Desire2Learn Inc. is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning
solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create
teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values,
goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn supports over 5
million learners worldwide, and clients include higher education, K-12,
as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. For
more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com.

    About Washington School for the Deaf

    Washington School for the Deaf is a statewide education agency that
provides services to students in a day school/residential setting, early
intervention services, post high school programming, and support services
to students who attend school in their local districts throughout the
state. The Washington School for the Deaf is committed to helping deaf
and hard-of-hearing children reach their full potential.

Desire2Learn Inc.
Jacqueline Chioreanu
Marketing Specialist
(519) 772-0325 ext. 365
Email: PR@Desire2Learn.com
Website: www.Desire2Learn.com

Washington School for the Deaf
Heather Abraham
Director of Outreach
(360) 696-6525 ext. 4292
Email: heather.abraham@wsd.wa.gov

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