Amish schools find ways to serve special needs kids | The Washington Post

CLARK, Mo. — Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until then, speech therapist Anna Crusha provides a different education for the girls, just for the two of them, in their tidy home every Thursday.

Crusha, working for the Sturgeon R-V School District, uses board games and other activities to improve their speech. The sisters are both partially deaf.

Deafness is among several genetic and hereditary disorders plaguing the insular Amish community that generally rejects, at varying levels, modern technologies such as electricity or motorized vehicles.

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