Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) Program
A student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing is one whose hearing loss significantly interferes with the acquisition or maintenance of auditory skills necessary for the normal development of speech, language, and academic achievement and, therefore, adversely affects a child’s educational performance. They may need direct or consultative services, interpreter services, services in a self-contained class, or a combination of the above.
- A current audiological evaluation (within 12 calendar months) by a licensed Audiologist.
- An otological statement from a physician stating that the student is medically cleared to wear hearing aids. If the student has had a cochlear implant, the statement will reflect that, rather than the wearing of hearing aids. If such a report is not available upon initial placement, it shall be obtained within 90 days of placement.
- A comprehensive educational evaluation shall include assessment data from more than one measure and shall include, but is not limited to, information related to academic/achievement levels, receptive and expressive language abilities, receptive and expressive communication abilities, social and emotional adjustment, and observational data relative to the child’s overall classroom performance and functioning. This evaluation includes the direct effect that the hearing loss has on the student’s performance in class.
- A psychological evaluation, using instruments appropriate for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, is recommended as part of the overall data when eligibility is being considered.