Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM)
LSEM was founded in 1873. For more than a century LSEM served as a residential school for children who were deaf. But when the needs changed we changed too. Our name was changed from Lutheran School For The Deaf to Lutheran Special Education Ministries in 1990. We are a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. As we grow, we are now able to reach more children and provide programs and services for Lutheran churches and schools, as well as other Christian denominations.
Mission and Vision
Our mission as a Christ-centered resource is to support children who have a variety of learning challenges. Our vision is to reach across the United States, serve schools and churches, and support children with learning needs to know Jesus and to lead fulfilling lives.
As we look to the future, we know that there is great potential for growth. Studies show that one student in five has a learning challenge. The law guarantees these children a public education. For families that choose a Christian education, Lutheran Special Education Ministries is eager to partner with them and with churches to help meet their needs.