Deaf/Hard of Hearing

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program services children and families from birth through age 21 with varying hearing loss. Teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing and interpreters work with children and families to provide the best mode of learning for each individual.

Services Provided

  • Evaluate student progress in social, academic, communication, sensory, and functional areas
  • Facilitate the IEP process
  • Direct instruction to students and families
  • Indirect instruction with educational teams

Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing...

  • Provide strategies to maximize communication and hearing
  • Provide information on communication options and modes
  • Provide direct instruction in academic and social areas
  • Provide language experience and language enrichment
  • Provide parent education and support
  • Modify and accommodate educational programs and curricula
  • Conduct in-services for teachers and other professionals
  • Teach and promote self-advocacy, socialization, and interpersonal skills
  • Provide resource information to students, parents and professionals
  • Collaborate with interpreters, translators, note takers, and paraprofessionals
  • Facilitate IEPs, IFSPs, IIIPs, and participate in team meetings
  • Provide networking opportunities for students
  • Provide and coordinate transitional services with outside agencies
  • Assist audiologists with equipment and monitor hearing aids
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems

Interpreters...

  • Provide communication link between student and teacher/staff
  • Provide communication link between student and other students
  • Transliterate the auditory input in the classroom
  • Reverse interpret (voice for the deaf/hard of hearing)
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Function as part of the educational team
  • Work with the teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing and audiologists

Additional information