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Welcome to Mississippi School for the Deaf!

The state of Mississippi has been providing education to deaf children since 1829. Mississippi School for the Deaf was established by an act of the Mississippi Legislature in 1854 for the express purpose of providing an educational program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

MSD has full accreditation through AdvancEd and CEASD.

’23-’24 MSDB Teacher of the Year

Ms. Betty Williams has been chosen by the external committee as the 2023-2024 MSDB Teacher of the Year! As quoted by Dr. Jeremy Stinson, “She has been an anchor of strength on our campus, and is always willing to roll up her sleeves whenever needed at MSD or MSB.”

“During Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH training) in May, the affirmation of others in the group typically takes 45 minutes. Our presenter allowed us to affirm one another for almost two hours, and most of those were either given by or given to Ms. Betty. At the end of day two, Ms. Betty had the courage and felt led to speak to the MSD staff during share time, she acknowledged her own shortcomings in how she had spoken ill of a staff member, and then she challenged us all at that moment to put personal feelings and frustrations aside to be better for our students. A lot of healing took place that day among the MSD staff. That’s Ms. Betty, and these are just a few of the reasons why MSD voted her as Teacher of the Year and why she has been selected for this district honor.”

“Ms. Betty, I am proud of you and for you, and I look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with you, along with Mrs. Maleshia Williams from MSB and the upcoming MSDB Employee of the Year. Congrats!”

From left to right: Tara Brister (MSD Principal), Betty Williams (MSD Media Specialist/ Librarian), Jeremy Stinson (Superintendent)

Teacher of the Year and Superintendent (2024);<br />
From left to right: Tara Brister (MSD Principal), Betty Williams (MSD Media Specialist/ Librarian), Jeremy Stinson (MSDB Superintendent)

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Our Staff

The Mississippi School for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) implements an ongoing system to identify, locate, and evaluate all children suspected of having a disability from birth through 21 years of age required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Early Intervention

The Sensory (Kids) Impaired Home Intervention (SKI*HI) Program provides early intervention services on a statewide basis to families of deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or Deaf-Blind children ages birth to 3 years.

Mississippi Assistance Center (MAC)

In 2020, the MACH (Mississippi Assistance Center for Hearing Loss) was combined with the LVC to establish the Mississippi Assistance Center (MAC).

Academic Services

The Mississippi School for the Deaf advocates self-improvement through the education of all Deaf and Hard of Hearing student by utilizing a bilingual philosophy that places an emphasis o the linguistics of both American Sign Language and English.