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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

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

Press Release

Desire2Learn Solution addresses ease-of-use, robust functionality and accessibility requirements of Washington School for the Deaf

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 achievement.”

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:

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.


Jacqueline Chioreanu
Marketing Specialist
Desire2Learn Inc.
(519) 772-0325 ext. 365
[email protected]

Heather Abraham
Director of Outreach
Washington School for the Deaf
(360) 696-6525 ext. 4292
[email protected]