Indiana State School for the Deaf

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Indiana State School for the Deaf
Established 1843
Current Status Active
Building Style Single Building
Architect(s) Rubush & Hunter
Location Indianapolis, IN
Architecture Style Classical Revival
Alternate Names

Willard School

Indiana Asylum for Deaf and Dumb


The Indiana School for the Deaf was founded in 1843 by William Willard, the first Deaf person in America to establish a state school for Deaf people. It was at first a semi-private school that offered free instruction to any Deaf person in-state or out-of-state that sought an education. The following year, the Willard School formally became the Indiana School for the Deaf, the first state-sponsored school in America that offered free education to any Deaf student.