Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing are offered to serve students using various modes of communication including American Sign Language, Total Communication and Auditory/Oral Communication. Students are typically served in their home-zoned school in regular education or ESE classes with the support of an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH).
The Dept. of Education provides an educational definition of a student eligible for special educational services through the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. A student who is deaf or hard of hearing has a hearing loss, aided or unaided, that impacts the processing of linguistic information and which adversely affects performance in the educational environment. This degree ranges from mild to profound, with specific criteria for evaluation and criteria. Students have access to instruction using the method of communication most readily understood by the student. Each student who is Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing shall have the opportunity to develop expressive and receptive language skills using residual hearing, speech reading, manual communication systems, speech, or appropriate amplification. IEP teams consider the communication and language needs of the individual student. A Communication Plan is developed each year at the annual IEP.
Routine checks of hearing aids and external devices of cochlear implants are also completed and students who are identified as Deaf or hard-of-hearing will be screened for Usher Syndrome at least one time between grades 6 and 12 by the itinerant DHH teachers.
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