The DuBard School for Language Disorders was established in 1962 and is a clinical division of The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school was designed to serve children with severe language-speech disorders, including developmental aphasia and childhood apraxia of speech, deafness and hearing impairments, as well as those with the written language disorder of dyslexia. At its start, DuBard School had one speech-language pathologist, Dr. Etoile DuBard, and three students.
DuBard School's full-time enrollment program is provided at no cost to families. The organization receives funding from the Mississippi Department of Education; however, that only covers a portion of the costs. Approximately 30-40% of expenses for the enrollment program are funded through grants and private donations from individuals like you. The DuBard School’s outclient services program is fee-based. While some scholarships are available to families, the need exceeds the available funds.By donating to the school, volunteering or simply helping to spread the word about our services and needs, you are helping the DuBard School students and families whose lives are changed every day by the services offered here.
DuBard School serves approximately 80 children in the full-time enrollment program, 40 children in the outclient services program, serves as a resource and referral site, conducts research and holds professional development programs. Guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children also are provided. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology, or dyslexia. It also serves as an observation and practicum site for those in kinesiology, science education, music and social work.
The mission of the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is to bring the gift of oral and written language to individuals with communication disorders and reading disabilities, including dyslexia, through use of the DuBard Association Method® in direct clinical services, professional training, and research.