My son is deaf. I am looking for a Smicha program for him where the Rosh Yeshiva has experience dealing with and accommodating the deaf. My son has a cochlear implant and has SOME hearing, so he does not need an interpreter, per-se, though that would help. Does anyone know of a place and / or refer me to someone I can email or speak to?

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    When I was in NIRC, there were a handful of deaf bochrim. Shiur klali was translated into ASL, and there was even a lunch-break class to learn sign-language. I don't know if that helps you. May 15, 2014 at 20:18
  • Offhand, do you know if they were high school or Kollel (in Smicha)?
    – DanF
    May 15, 2014 at 21:07
  • they were post-high school. At least one was in Kollel. A smicha "program" doesn't really exist at NIRC - you learn, and if you happen to learn the material necessary for semicha, you take a test. May 15, 2014 at 21:14
  • @YEZ- appreciate if you can post name of contact and phone # and/or email.
    – DanF
    May 15, 2014 at 21:16
  • NIRC contact? Main office - 410-484-7200, you could ask to speak to R' Sheftl Neuberger. I guess. May 15, 2014 at 21:19

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The one high school Yeshiva in North America for the deaf is Yeshivas Nefesh Dovid (http://www.nefeshdovid.com/) located in Toronto. The Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Kakon, himself is deaf and got his S'micha from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, MD.

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    Thanks, I know Rabbi Kakon. I speak to him, frequently, I wasn't aware that Ner accomodates deaf. Will have to investigate, further.
    – DanF
    May 15, 2014 at 21:06

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