Maine’s Deaf Community is grieving deeply. We lost four of our cherished community members in last night’s Lewiston shootings, two of which were fathers of children in our educational programs. Our community is incredibly tight-knit, full of heart and pride. The fact that these men were together is who we are. Togetherness is what makes us strong and will hold us during this devastating time. The lives of those lost in the shooting will never be forgotten. We are holding their families, loved ones, and our community in our hearts. - 10/26/23, Karen Hopkins, Executive Director.

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Portland High School

The MECDHH/GBSD program at Portland High School (PHS) is a unique collaboration that offers our students Deaf Education and inclusive opportunities. Services are provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing students through direct instruction or consultation. Student’s attend classes in the Deaf education and mainstream learning environment. Each student follows their individualized language plan that is reviewed annually. American Sign Language (ASL), spoken language, and Cued Speech are all options supported through our programming. ASL interpreting services are provided.

The PHS team maintains high expectations for every student. The PHS program is designed to foster independence and advocacy skills in each student.

We  are proud of our partnership with Portland High School and believe this program offers our students opportunities for social and academic success.


The PHS team is a diverse group of experienced teachers, therapists and educational technicians with a  broad range of strengths and experiences. Working together they collaborate to provide appropriate, evidenced based services for their students. This collaboration culminates in the creation of a  continuously reviewed and updated Individual Education Program (IEP) for each student.