Walden School began in 1987 in response to a state request for 12 month programming to meet the needs of Massachusetts deaf children with emotional and behavioral challenges. It was the first program of its kind to offer services in a Deaf culturally affirming environment with more than 50% of the staff being deaf and all staff fluent in American Sign Language.
Over the years, Walden School has remained true to its commitment to Deaf Culture and linguistic accessibility while growing in both size and scope. It is now a program serving approximately 30 children, youth and families throughout the country.
The program has received regional and national recognition in the fields of deaf education, children’s mental health, and child welfare services for its successful strength-based model of treatment.