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The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH) operates under the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and supports students from across the state of Wisconsin who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind in a variety of ways.

Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD)
The Wisconsin School for the Deaf is a residential school for deaf and hard of hearing students from throughout the state of Wisconsin. WSD operates under the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and provides educational services for deaf and hard of hearing students ages 3 to 21. WSD focuses on meeting the needs of these students in the areas of academic, adaptive education, vocational, and social skills development.

Outreach Program
WESP-DHH Outreach provides a variety of programs and services to students, ages birth to 21, who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind, their families, and the educational teams and school districts that serve them, regardless of the student's educational placement or communication modality. Most of these programs are free-of-charge.

Director Selection Process

Updated March 25, 2016

WESP-DHH, which includes the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and the Statewide Outreach Program, is in the process of selecting a new Director. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has conducted a nation-wide search to fill this position. This video announcement describes the timeline and the involvement of our stakeholders throughout this process. DPI expects to be able to fill the Director's position prior to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. We are committed to hiring the highest qualified candidate possible.

WESP-DHH Long Range Plan

The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH), which includes the Outreach Program and the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, has completed a major “long range planning” process with the help of consultants Tom Mickelson and Dr. Dean Ryerson of ALG, Inc. Browse the links below for videos and more information. View the 2014-2015 Year in Review.


Long Range Plan

Mission, Vision, Values

Priority Goals

The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and WESP-DHH Outreach are part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Learning Support.