The Philip J. Rock Center and School (PRC) serves two distinct functions in providing services to Illinois students who are deaf-blind. It is operated by the Illinois State Board of Education and is located in Glen Ellyn Students (ages 3-21) are eligible for PRC services if they have significant impairments in both vision and hearing.
The residential school program is designed to meet the unique educational needs of children who have a combined auditory and visual impairment, and severe to profound cognitive delays. Students with additional handicapping conditions are also accepted into the program. PRC has an instructional emphasis in the areas of: communication skill development, orientation/mobility training, and a functional life skills curriculum. Residential services are offered year round. Educational sites include community public school buildings, the PRC building, and the local community college.
The purpose of the center is to serve as a statewide resource for children who are deaf-blind, their families, and service providers. There is a lending library which has extensive resources for teachers and parents. The center administers a federal grant project,
"Project Reach: Illinois Deaf-Blind Services". This project employs regional deaf-blind specialists who provide technical assistance at schools and homes. Project staff members disseminate information at workshops and state conferences. The center is responsible for maintaining the Illinois Deaf-Blind Child Count. Contacts are made to LEAs and special education programs, on an annual basis, to update student census information.