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National Deaf Academy, LLC

Residential Treatment Center

National Deaf Academy, LLC Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 6-17 and 18+
Grades: 1-12th
Estimated Enrollment: 132
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2000
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National Deaf Academy, LLC Contact Information

19650 U.S. Hwy. 441
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 866-588-DEAF (Toll Free)
Fax: (352) 735-4939
School Contact: Veronica Lundy
Alternative Contact: Anne Wiechec
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

National Deaf Academy (NDA) is a 132-bed residential treatment center serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral problems.

NDA serves an extremely diverse, and at times, neurologically complicated population in a safe, therapeutic, home-like environment that promotes an understanding of Deafness and is free from communication barriers.

National Deaf Academy is committed to providing high-quality psychiatric and educational services to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals from across the nation.

At our 132-bed residential facility, we treat a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders as well as autistic individuals with communication disorders.

National Deaf Academy is also home to The Charter School, a not-for-profit, K-12 public school that addresses the unique needs of this traditionally underserved population.

National Deaf Academy serves an extremely diverse population. Since opening in 2000, our clinicians have determined that a quick and easy classification of our residents is difficult and counterproductive to the treatment process.

All residents are required by state law to be separated by chronological age, with children and adolescents housed and programmed separately from adults 18 and older. The exception is The Charter School, where class groupings are determined by each resident's academic and developmental level of functioning.

No two residents are the same. Therefore, we prefer not to place residents into generic groups based on a general diagnosis. Instead, our residents participate in clinical subgroups that deal with issues relating to mood, behavioral control, and optimal real-life functioning. The treatment team considers a wide range of criteria to determine the group placement for each resident.

Clinical criteria for group placement:

-Communication style and ability
-Developmental level
-Cognitive functioning
-Psychiatric diagnosis
-Motivation and cooperation
-Age and gender

Following the treatment team's review of the criteria listed above, the resident is assigned to the clinical sub-group best suited for their unique symptoms and strengths. Sub-groups typically have four or five residents, and every attempt is made to place them together in the same dormitory bedroom with its own private bathroom. Specially trained staff members work with the same sub-groups over time, assuring consistency in treatment and familiarity between staff and patients.

The beauty of NDA is that the sub-groupings are not set in stone. In fact, the treatment team may opt to move a resident from one sub-group to another based on how they are doing at any given point in time.

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