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My son, David Rees, was fortunate to attend this outstanding program from the summer of 2010 to May of 2013. David loves golf, running, swimming and anything that has wheels! He has become an excellent student. He just completed his kindergarten year at Bear...

Terri, Mom of a WISE kid

This school is an amazing gift to children with cochlear implants and their parents! My daughter made enormous strides while there thanks to the amazing teachers and speech therapists. She was on track for kindergarten with her peers by the end. She is now in second grade and ahead of most of her class in reading and writing! I know it can be difficult for many families to make it work due to the long commutes, but it will be worth it – promise!


It wasn’t until he attended The Alabama School for Hearing, now known as the Woolley Institute for Spoken-Language Education (WISE) that his language took off. I liken the school to a match that set afire the previous years worth of kindling. The lessons the kids took each day were real-world but unique (building birdhouses, running a restaurant) and filled with new and expanding vocabulary words


The one on one environment and excellent teaching she has received has been life changing for our family. She will and is living a completely normal life in the hearing world. Yes, of course, there are a few things that are a bit different for her using a processor and hearing aid; however, because of the school and their immense work I believe she will be successful in all facets of life

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Shades Valley Presbyterian Church
2305 Montevallo Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35223

Telephone: (205) 728-5480

Email: [email protected]

The Woolley Institute for Spoken-Language Education (WISE), is a 501 © not for profit organization dedicated to teaching deaf children to speak. We are a statewide, family focused program working in collaboration with Alabama’s Early Intervention System, local school systems, and private and public entities which advance the education of deaf children who use listening and spoken language.