• DEAF & HARD OF HEARING SUPPORT
     
      
    Services available through the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program include the following: 
     
    Teachers of Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    • Birth to Three
      • Hearing Evaluation for children who are referred for services (determination made by IFSP Team)
      • Intervention in natural settings for infants, toddlers and their families
      • Amplification monitoring
      • Parent training and support

     

    • Preschool
      • Hearing Evaluation for children who are referred for services (determination made by IEP Team)
      • Individualized instruction (in individual or group settings)
      • Individual hearing threshold testing, amplification system evaluation, and amplification monitoring
      • Preschool to School-Age transition meeting services
      • Parent training and support
      • Consultation with school personnel about hearing loss, assistive technology, how hearing loss affects learning, and communication methods

     

    • School Age
      • Hearing Evaluation for children who are referred for services (determination made by IEP Team)
      • Individualized instruction (in individual or group settings)
      • Individual hearing threshold testing, amplification system evaluation, and amplification monitoring
      • Consultation with school personnel about hearing loss, assistive technology, how hearing loss affects learning, and communication methods
      • School to Adult Life transition services

     

    • Assistance to school nurses with hearing screenings in the schools

     

    Amplification System Loaner Program

    • Systems that are available for loan include personal FM systems, soundfield systems, and desktop soundfield systems
    • Available to loan for schools

     

    Sign Language Interpreters

    • EIPA Certified
    • American Sign Language, Pidgin Signed English

      

    Referral process for a student with a hearing loss for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Services: 

    1. When a student does not pass hearing screening or parents send in current documentation (within a year)
    2. School nurse responsible for alerting families; families referred to a medical doctor (ENT, audiologist) to document hearing loss
    3. Parents send documentation of hearing loss to the school (audiogram from ENT or audiologist)
    4. School district completes and sends the following to the IU8 Hearing Support Supervisor:
      • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Referral Form (see below) - MUST be signed by School Administrator/Special Education Director
      • Documentation of hearing loss from an audiologist and/or ear-nose-throat physician
      • Signed "Permission to Evaluate"

     

    Mail to:
    Hearing Support Program
    Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
    Attn: Barbara Cassel, Supervisor

    609 Georgian Place
    Somerset, PA 15501

     

     
     
     

CONTACTS

  • Information regarding any aspect of the Hearing Support Program, please contact:

     
    Barbara Cassel
    Supervisor
    (814) 445-9734  Ext. 5302
    bcassel@iu08.org