How We Started


It was in October of 2003 that the La Salle University School for the Deaf was officially opened. Previously, it was under the Community of Hope Special Education Center, Inc. (CHSEC), a non-government organization (NGO) which was administered by the Missionary Sisters of Saint Columban.
The CHSEC was formed as a response to the many needs of people with disabilities in Ozamiz City, Mindanao, Philippines. Since there was no basic education being provided for them, Sister Mary McManus, a Columban Sister, with student volunteers, began visiting them in their houses to extend tutorial services for stimulation. Due to the growth in numbers, the visiting to families become impossible. At the Columban Sisters’ request, the Diocesan Social Action Commission provided a room where the Deaf people could attend daily.

However, since it was not registered with the Department of Education, after a negotiation between the administration of La Salle University and the Columban Sisters it was agreed upon to transfer the Deaf students under the care of La Salle University.


La Salle University School for the Deaf is one of the programs of La Salle University – Ozamiz. It provides a quality Lasallian education to the less privileged differently-abled Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. It envisions to be the catalyst for the social recognition and acceptance of all Deaf people as full and equal citizens, empowered to actualize their potentials by an active participation in the economic, social and cultural life of the community.


The School for the Deaf is committed to provide with appropriate education, empower the Deaf and their families and create opportunities for the Deaf to engage in activities in the communities where they live.


The School for the Deaf aims to: 1. improve the Deaf’s quality of life by providing appropriate education from preparatory, secondary and tertiary levels; 2. provide vocational and life skills training, sporting activities, artistic and creative activities; 3. empower the Deaf and their families so that they can advocate for their rights in the society; and 4. provide special services where the Deaf are welcomed, loved and cared.


  1. Complete Basic Education: Preparatory, Elementary, and High School in multi-grade level self-contained set-up
  2. Post Secondary: 2-year Certificate in Computer Operation and Multimedia Technology
  3. Mass in Sign Language at the Local Catholic Church
  4. Sports
  5. Basic Sign Language classes
  6. Values Formation for the Deaf
  7. Deaf Counseling
  8. Alcohol and Drug Intervention Program for the Deaf
  9. Retreat for the Deaf
  10. Summer of Service Training
  11. Deaf Camp
  12. Home Visitation


La Salle University School for the Deaf Ozamiz City is now accepting Basic Education and Post Secondary Deaf students for academic year 2015-2016.

Preparatory: Kinder 1 and Kinder 2

Elementary: Grades 1 to 6

High School: Grades 7 to 10

College: 2-year Certificate in Computer Operation and Multimedia Technology

Saturday, May 2, 2009

DLS-CSB SOS 2009 Deaf Youth Summer Camp

Day 1 and Day 2

Days 3,4,& 5

Days 6 & 7

Aiming to build camaraderie among the Deaf youth and to have a worthwhile socio-cultural and psycho-spiritual summer activity suited for Filipino Deaf youth, 61 Deaf teenagers from School of the Deaf in Iligan City, La Salle University (LSU), Ozamiz City, the Columban priests-run Hangop Kabataan Inc., Pagadian City, Dumagete High School and Malaybalay Welcome Home gathered for a six-day Deaf Youth Summer Camp April 23-28, 2009.
The Deaf Youth Summer Camp is part of the annual program spearheaded by the brothers of the Gualandi Mission for the Deaf Cebu City. The activity was incorporated by the yearly Summer of Service Training of the De La Salle-Colege of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies.
Other goals of the annual activity are to experience a camp-out away from their family and friends in order to gain some sense of independence and self-confidence, to create a pool of young Deaf leaders devoted to empower fellow Deaf youth and to establish linkages among Deaf youth groups from difference places.
The Summer Camp for the Deaf Students was held at the LSU Oval had Ariscel Lobo and Anabelle Salazar both Deaf faculty of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, Manila together with Bro. Helrie Paduga, PMS, and Bro. Nino Cababat, PMS from the Gualandi Mission for the Deaf, Cebu City as facilitators.
Each day had various activities with special emphasis on the spiritual formation for the Deaf, Deaf culture, Deaf Counseling, Deaf Values, Sports Competitions, Film Viewing of Deaf Empathy, Camp Skills learning like native chicken cooking and giant kite making.
Lobo led the sports competitions, while Salazar expounded the Deaf values and the two brothers from Mission for the Deaf spearheaded the Camp Skills Learning.
The Deaf Summer Camp started and culminated with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at LSU Chapel officiated by LSU chaplain Fr. Timmy Ruben with Sarah Talibong and Bro. Helrie Paduga, PMS interpreting the Mass using the sign language.
“A deaf person regardless of his or her difficulties in hearing and speaking still has a place in the society," Sarah Talibong.

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