Fun History! Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf! Deaf Awareness Week!

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*When Jim Potter returns to Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf this weekend for its 150th anniversary celebration, he will recall his 13 years spent sitting in desks scribbling notes as a student and his 34 years filling blackboards with chalk as a printing and math teacher.

Boys and girls would see each other during class, but ate in different dining halls, slept in separate dorms and participated in distinct activities.

Whereas in the past students would graduate and become dress makers or carpenters, in recent years many MSAD students have gone on to attend Gallaudet University — a college in Washington, D.C., for the deaf and hard of hearing — and write books or become teachers and counselors.

The highest percentage of students at Gallaudet come from neighboring states like New York and Maryland; but MSAD sends more students than the vast majority of schools for deaf children not located on the East Coast.

While the curriculum at MSAD has helped students explore other career options, recent advancements in technology have also played a big role in making the world more accessible to deaf individuals.

*All facts can be found from the below link and all credits go to Reach reporter Erin O’Neill*

Former MSAD teacher reflects on history, evolution of local school Southernminn.com

Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf still has the original student enrollment records (Erin O’Neill/Faribault Daily News) (Erin O’Neill/Faribault Daily News).

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