SWCID was established in 1980 by the Texas Legislature and remains the only self-contained community college for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in the world. About 25% of their students are from Texas and 15-20% international. In addition to typical Community College offerings and vocational training, SWCID offers developmental courses in ESOL, reading, writing and math. SWCID offers ASL-based instruction with many instructors who are deaf or hard of hearing. All areas are designed to provide a 24/7 visually accessible environment.