Broken Arrow school bridging the gap between deaf students and hearing community

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Happy Hands Education Center is celebrating Deaf Awareness Month by continuing to bridge the gap between deaf students and the hearing community.

Happy Hands is an early childhood development center for children that are deaf, hard of hearing or have a communication disorder.

It serves children from birth through kindergarten and assists families in learning and adapting to deaf culture.

The school has many specialists and doctors, and as a result, it costs about $25,000 a year to educate each student.

They never turn away a child because of finances and between 10 and 20 percent of students receive a scholarship from the Opportunity Scholarship Fund.

Bryce Ratliff has been at Happy Hands since she was four-months-old. She is now 5 and getting ready to transition into public school. Her family credits her success, in part, to Happy Hands.