Julie Wootton reports as students walked the hallways Thursday at the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind, some communicated using a combination of sign language and talking.

Others used white canes to navigate the campus.

Gooding-based Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind offers services for children with visual or hearing impairments from birth to age 21.

“You have to get to kids as early as you can,” Administrator Brian Darcy said.

Over the years, the demand for services has increased. About 1,400 Idaho students are receiving help, including 85 who attend school at the Gooding campus.

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