Bohol Deaf Academy

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Bohol Deaf Academy (BDA) is a private, coed, residential Philippine high school for deaf students, located in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.[1] It was established in 2005 and specializes in advanced academic and vocational instruction for college and work-bound students.

BDA is the only private school for the deaf in Bohol, and is recognized by the Philippine Department of Education as a "school of excellence".[citation needed] All of BDA's students receive partial or full scholarships—the only residential high school in the region with such status.[2]

The school is unique in the Philippines for offering a "Vocational Oriented" curriculum, which reserves 2 days per week for vocational skills training, as well as on-the-job training with International Deaf Education Association (IDEA), Philippines, the largest private employer of deaf people in the country.[3] This relationship allows for internships in Dao Diamond Hotel—the only deaf-run hotel in the Philippines, the Garden cafe, a restaurant employing deaf adults, established in 1984, and the IDEA construction team.[4]

BDA is also the only high school in the country with a deaf Principal, deaf vocational and academic teachers, and deaf maintenance personnel.[1]

Completed in 2005, BDA was constructed by deaf masons, carpenters, painters, and welders from IDEA.


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-18. Retrieved 2018-02-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2009-09-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Project IDEA: International Deaf Education Association". Am Ann Deaf. 134 (5): 338–40. December 1989. PMID 2618924.
  4. ^ ""First Class" Hotel proudly run by Deaf People". 22 August 2008.

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