The primary mission of the Ohio School for the Deaf is the education of its students. The needs of students are most critical. Communication should be based on the best interests of the students.
OSD offers deaf students an environment where they can receive information directly and visually. In the classroom, this enhances learning opportunities. Outside the classroom, this allows development of social and personal skills. OSD also offers students an opportunity to see Deaf and hearing staff interacting in an open, communicative barrier-free environment.
Communication is both more than and less than language. Every person has a right to be exposed to an accessible, bona fide language. Use of a common language facilitates clear communication. Good communication may occur without the benefit of a shared language when all parties are flexible and accommodating.
(NOTE: This philosophy and supporting statements were adapted from Gallaudet University Communication statement)