Persons who are deaf or are physically or intellectually challenged

Schott Communities is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1986 to address the needs of persons who are deaf or who are physically or intellectually challenged in South Florida. The agency is an extension of the ministry of the Archdiocese of Miami for this special population.

Unique to Florida, Schott Communities develops residential housing for the deaf or disabled; designs programs to assist clients develop skills for independent living; offers clients counseling services and educational programs to promote self-sufficiency, and provides clients with social, recreational and spiritual opportunities to enhance their quality and enjoyment of life. In an environment of caring and dignity, persons who are deaf or disabled are encouraged and challenged to grow in self-acceptance and independence.

The ArtThread Interactive Online Gallery is used in the social and and educational programs in both Schott Residences and the Schott Enrichment Center.¬†The Gallery augments their “Art from the Heart” program and is used by teachers and counselors to encourage healthy self-expression¬†and fulfill the organization’s mission of providing opportunities for personal growth and development, and educational and artistic experiences.