Deaf or Hard of Hearing Services
Students who are eligible for deaf or hard of hearing services must:
- Demonstrate a hearing loss that affects the student’s ability to participate in the educational process.
- Demonstrate how the hearing loss affects the student’s development of academic skills, communication skills, or social skills.
Services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing include (based on individual need):
- A certified teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- A certified Audiologist
- Certified Educational Interpreters
Based on the individual student’s needs, services can be provided in:
- A general education classroom
- A self contained classroom for students who are deaf or hard of hearing
- A combination of general education classroom and a self contained classroom
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing can be instructed in the following ways:
- Auditory/Oral Instruction – teaches students to develop hearing and speaking skills to develop spoken language for communication and learning
- Total Communication – teaches students to develop hearing, speaking, communication skills using sign language for communication and learning