Communications Team

News Media Philosophy

The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind is a state agency. USDB provides programs across the entire state of Utah as well as three main campuses. These schools and programs share detailed information with the public. The administration values include transparency and frequent communication. Teachers and staff are encouraged to share their stories of success. About 98% of our students have signed photo/media release forms, so when members of the news media ask if they are allowed into our programs and classrooms, the answer is yes. We encourage and applaud interviews with our students, teachers, and staff.

Thank you to members of the media for the coverage USDB has received. Many of our students, teachers, and programs have been highlighted in news stories and we appreciate it!

The Communications Team

Public Information Officer

Susan Thomas, PIO 
Division Director Communications and Development
Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
Mobile/Text: 801-889-6964

Photo/Video Contact

Todd Keith
Media Production Specialist


Communications Intern

Katharina Hirschi

PR Intern


Education Foundation

Amy Zaharis

Foundation Director




Campus & Administrative Locations

742 S. Harrison Blvd
Ogden, Utah 84404

1655 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106


YouTube: Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
Twitter: @UtSchoolsDB
Instagram:  utahschoolsdeafblind 

LinkedIn: Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

Every week, USDB produces a newsletter. It provides a snapshot of the great work underway with our students, teachers and staff across the entire state. These newsletters are always available on this website.  If you’d like to receive them in your email inbox each Friday afternoon, email and we’ll add you to the list.

Newsletters: The Friday Letter

Who We Help

The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind serve approximately 1,800 students across the entire State of Utah, with a total of 4,000 including students who receive support services.

We have about 150 students on our campus in Salt Lake City and 50 on our campus in Ogden. We opened a new campus in Springville.

About 1,600 of our students attend public schools throughout Utah, and we provide outreach teachers, aides, training and resources to them. Students who can phase out of our Deaf or Blind schools, can mainstream into public schools to be in their own communities if and when desired.

Our teachers will work with them on a regular basis to help ensure they are getting the technology, support, and resources they need to continue to be successful in their local schools. For students who are blind or visually impaired, that can mean access to large print, braille, screen readers, and other technology. For students who are deaf or hard of hearing, that can mean Listening and Spoken Language support, or American Sign Language training and/or interpretation. Even long distance interpreting is available thanks to technology.

News Media Coverage 2023

News Media Coverage 2022

News Media Coverage 2021 

News Media Coverage 2020

News Media Coverage 2019