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    In collaboration with ESC 11, the Educational Resource Center on Deafness at Texas School for the Deaf has switched to Blackboard as a partner website under the Texas Sensory Support Network. We remain committed to providing statewide services to improve educational outcomes for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Texas, and we can still be reached at TexasDeafEd.org.




Featured Individuals

  • Kody Schouten

    Kody Schouten - white man standing front of sign that says City of Austin Waters Protect
    • Kody was born deaf.
    • Attended Tarleton State University for B.S. in Environmental Engineering and University of Texas in Arlington for M.Eng in Water Resource Engineering.
    • Currently employed with the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department.
    • Is involved with Texas School for the Deaf-sponsored Discovery Leadership for STEM topics with high school students.

    Learn more about Austin Watershed Protection

    Karlie Franke

    Karlie Franke - white woman with curly hair smiling
    • Karlie was born deaf and raised in Austin, Texas by wonderful and supportive parents.
    • Was mainstreamed in a public school that has oral and signing program at Round Rock ISD.
    • Completed her dream attending Texas State University to study Family and Child Development (class of 2017) and becoming Deaf Education teacher at the same elementary school she attended!
    • Started a non-profit organization in 2011 called Run to Hear and received the Kelly Davison Youth Philantrophy Award.

    Run to Hear


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