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Deaf / Hard of Hearing Services

State Leadership:  Birth - 5

This website is intended to provide professionals, families and the greater community with information and resources related to educational services and topics of interest for children with hearing loss, ages birth – 5.

 

Early Intervention (0 - 3)

Through the ESC State Leadership, ESC-10 provides leadership, staff development, consultation and technical assistance via the statewide ESC Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ESC DHH) network as they assist regional day school programs for the deaf and local school districts and charter schools with the development and implementation of comprehensive early intervention services to families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss. ESC-10 facilitates an organized effort of parents, community, and agency stakeholders to collaboratively address improving outcomes for infants, toddlers and families as outlined in the Comprehensive Statewide Plan for Educational Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, initiated in the 2006-07 fiscal year.

 

Additionally, through interagency collaboration with the Texas Education Agency, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services – Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Office and the Department of State Health Services’ Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program, ESC-10 works to promote practices and protocols that support a comprehensive statewide seamless system of coordinated services between newborn hearing screening programs, audiology and otolaryngology services, medical home services, local ECI programs, regional day school programs for the deaf (RDSPDs) and local school districts and charter schools so that no child/family is lost to follow-up.

 

For more information, please visit the following website:

Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Texas EHDI): Statewide System of Care

www.txehdi.org

This website offers detailed information and resources to support the role of Texas EHDI providers, families, and the greater community as we work together to improve outcomes for families of our youngest children suspected or diagnosed with hearing loss in Texas.

 

Early Childhood Education (3 – 5)

Through the ESC State Leadership, ESC-10 provides leadership, staff development, consultation and technical assistance via the statewide ESC Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ESC DHH) network as they assist regional day school programs for the deaf and local school districts with the development and implementation of comprehensive instructional programs for preschool age students with hearing loss. Through collaboration with the ESC Preschool contacts, the ESC DHH contacts help local programs meet the unique needs of preschool age students who are deaf or hard of hearing across the continuum of placement options.

 

Statewide Technical Assistance Resources

  • 2009 Auditory Impairment (AI) Eligibility Guidance: Birth – 3-AI Eligibility Guidance Document
  • State DHH Plan (33KB)-a tool to help identify needs, set priorities, and guide services development and provision to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Early Transition Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)- The purposes of the AI/VI MOU for services to infants and toddlers, birth through two are to:define roles and responsibilities between the DARS Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and TEA within the respective federal and state mandates; enhance interagency collaboration and relationships; and coordinate an effective system of activities, policies, and procedures, which guide and support the development and implementation of services.
  • Statewide Leadership for students who are deaf or hard of hearing- ESC XI provides leadership, staff development, technical assistance and support to help Texas school districts meet the educational needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

Statewide Staff Development Opportunities

 


Deaf and Hard of Hearing ESC Leadership Project

Statewide Leadership Contacts

 

Early Intervention, Preschool

ESC, Region 10

Pamela Baker, Ph.D. (temporary contact)

Program Coordinator

ESC State Leadership Office - Birth to 5

Phone: 972.348.1654

Fax: 972.348.1655

pamela.baker@region10.org

Communication Access

ESC, Region 11

Susie Tiggs, M. Ed.

Educational Specialist, State Leadership Office 

Phone: 817.740.7580

Fax: 817.740.7684

stiggs@esc11.net

Access to the General Curriculum

ESC, Region 20

John L. Bond, M. Ed., Program Coordinator III, Special Education Support

210.370.5418 V/TTY

210.370.5756

john.bond@esc20.net


 

For regional/local information on educational services for deaf and hard of hearing children 0 - 21 please visit:  Region 10 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

 


 

Links and Resources

 

Related Links

 

American Sign Language

http://www.signmedia.com

 

Boys Town National Research Hospital - My Baby's Hearing

http://www.babyhearing.org

 

Beginnings for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

http://www.ncbegin.org

 

Educational Audiology Resources

http://www.utdallas.edu/~thib/EARRINGFINAL/EARRINGWEB_files/frame.htm

 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Part C Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/,root,statute,I,C,

 

Listen-Up

http://www.listen-up.org

 

Oral Deaf Education

http://oraldeafed.org

 

National Organizations and Resources

 

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)

http://www.agbell.org

 

American Academy of Audiology (AAA)

http://www.audiology.org

 

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

http://deafchildren.org

 

American Speech-Language Association (ASHA)

http://www.asha.org

 

Callier Center for Communication Disorders

http://callier.utdallas.edu

 

Council for Exceptional Children

http://www.ideapractices.org/

 

Deafness Research Foundation

http://www.drf.org

 

Hands & Voices

http://www.handsandvoices.org

 

The National Agenda: Moving Forward on Achieving Educational Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students outlines a set of priorities stated as goals designed to bring about significant improvement in quality and nature of educational services and programs. It is presented as an "agenda" or a list of things to be done in order to close the achievement gap that exists for them. Key to all the recommendations is the belief that communication access is a fundamental human right and that every child has full access to all educational services.

 

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

www.infanthearing.org

 

The National Deaf Education Project (NDEP) is an historic coalition of parent, consumer, professional, and advocacy organizations involved in the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The project's goals are to develop aneffective, communication- and language-driven educational delivery system.

 

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

www.nectac.org

 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health.hearing

 

Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

www.zerotothree.org

 

 

State Organizations and Resources

 

Educational Resource Center on Deafness, Texas School for the Deaf

http://www.texasdhhresources.org

 

Guide By Your Side, Texas Hands & Voices

www.txgbys.org

 

Hands & Voices, Texas Chapter

http://www.txhandsandvoices.org

 

Texas Academy of Audiology

www.texasaudiology.org

 

Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD)

http://www.deaftexas.org/wp

 

Texas Association of Infant Mental Health

www.taimh.org

 

Texas Association of Parents and Educators of the Deaf

http://www.taped.org

 

Texas Parent to Parent

http://www.txp2p.org

 

Texas School for the Deaf (TSD)

http://www.tsd.state.tx.us

 

Texas Speech-Hearing Association (TSHA)

http://www.txsha.org

 

State Agencies

 

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis

 

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS)

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs

 

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Program - Audiology Services

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/tehdi/Audiology-Services-Home.aspx

 

Texas Education Agency (TEA)

Sensory Impairments-TEA coordinates the provision of services to children who are blind or have a visual impairment (VI), deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), or DeafBlind (DB). This coordination is through collaboration with the 20 Education Service Centers (ESCs), the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI), and the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD).