The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, formerly the Education of the Handicapped Act (P.L. 94-142), includes "hearing impairment" and "deafness" as two of the categories under which children with disabilities may be eligible for special education and related service programming. While the term "hearing impairment" is often used generically to describe a wide range of hearing losses including deafness, the regulations for IDEA define hearing loss and deafness separately.Hearing impairment (called auditory impairment in Texas) is defined by IDEA as "an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child's educational performance."Deafness is defined as "a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification."Thus, deafness may be viewed as a condition that prevents an individual from receiving sound in all or most of its forms. In contrast, a child with hearing loss can generally respond to auditory stimuli, including speech.
What We Do
Referral for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Evaluation for possible special education services should not be delayed by the Response to Intervention process.
The Lead Teacher of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students will obtain information from the audiologist and ENT and assist the diagnostician with evaluating the achievement and cognitive skills of the student. The FIE will be completed jointly by the multi-disciplinary team.
An AI certified teacher must attend the ARD and will review all information related to the AI disability condition and will discuss recommended services.