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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)

Early Childhood Education (3 – 5)


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


Communication Access

ESC, Region 11

Susie Tiggs, M. Ed.

Educational Specialist, State Leadership Office 

Phone: 817.740.7580

Fax: 817.740.7684


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


Boys Town National Research Hospital - My Baby's Hearing


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


Educational Audiology Resources


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Part C Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities,root,statute,I,C,




Oral Deaf Education


National Organizations and Resources


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


American Academy of Audiology (AAA)


American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)


American Speech-Language Association (ASHA)


Callier Center for Communication Disorders


Council for Exceptional Children


Deafness Research Foundation


Hands & Voices


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


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


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)


Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families



State Organizations and Resources


Educational Resource Center on Deafness, Texas School for the Deaf


Guide By Your Side, Texas Hands & Voices


Hands & Voices, Texas Chapter


Texas Academy of Audiology


Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD)


Texas Association of Infant Mental Health


Texas Association of Parents and Educators of the Deaf


Texas Parent to Parent


Texas School for the Deaf (TSD)


Texas Speech-Hearing Association (TSHA)


State Agencies


Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)


Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS)


Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

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


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).