Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • The DHH program serves deaf and hard of hearing students from 3-22 years old, whose hearing loss range from mild to profound.  Students with these low incidence disabilities are provided with specialized support in district schools, special education classrooms, and other community settings.  The program currently includes a deaf/hard of hearing special day class for preschool-aged children, as well as itinerant services for students with hearing loss.  

Referral for DHH Services

  • Students are considered for referral to the DHH Program when district special education personnel complete and submit a DHH Referral Packet to the MCOE Special Education Department. This screening packet is reviewed by a MCOE DHH specialist to provide assistance to the district in determining if an assessment for special education eligibility is appropriate. If the district finds that an assessment is appropriate, then an assessment plan will be developed and sent to the parent or educational rights holder for review and consent.

Role of an Itinerant Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher

  • An itinerant teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing travels around, visiting multiple deaf and hard of hearing students in local neighborhood school programs. The itinerant acts as a link between the school and family of the deaf or hard of hearing child.  The itinerant teacher provides supports to families and students in and outside the classroom to help access the world around them.

  • Academic Support

  • Support for School Staff and Parents

  • Study and Organizational Skills

  • Assessment

  • Language Intruction

  • Self-Advocacy Skills

  • Managing Communication Needs

  • Social Engagement

  • Transition Planning

  • Services