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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

Infant/Toddler (Birth to 3) Program (When staffing permits)

  • 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 (When staffing permits)

Amplification System Loaner Program

  • Systems that are available for loan include personal FM systems, sound field systems, and desktop sound field systems
  • Available to loan for schools (for a 90-day trial period)

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:

When a student does not pass hearing screening or parents send in current documentation (within a year)

1.The school nurse is responsible for alerting families; families referred to a medical doctor (ENT, audiologist) to document hearing loss

2.Parents send documentation of hearing loss to the school (audiogram from ENT or audiologist)

3.The 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


Resources

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Request for Evaluation for Services
Support Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Brochure

TRAINING AND INFORMATION

SIGN LANGUAGE

LISTENING AND SPEAKING

College Advice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Career Paths, Accessibility Tips and Resources for Success at School