Illinois’ budget mess could shut the door on the state’s lone school for blind and deaf students.
“Our funding is basically exhausted,” Whitlow said to the Tribune.
The Philip J. Rock Center and School is a year-round residential program located in Glen Ellyn. It opened in 1978 and houses legally blind and deaf people, as well as severely disabled people, through the age of 21.
The Rock Center offers students the opportunity to take classes in local public schools. Domestic and personal care as well as therapy services are also an integral part of the educational program, according to the Rock Center’s website.
About 14 students live at the school.
As one Mother told the paper, it’s “the one bright light in deaf-blind education in Illinois.”