Deaf / Hard of Hearing Services
State Leadership: Birth - 5
Statewide leadership to address identified areas of need in special education services is provided through eleven functions and five projects directed by various ESCs. The primary responsibility of each ESC is to provide leadership, staff development, technical assistance, and to disseminate information throughout the state. The ESCs coordinating these statewide leadership functions and projects are responsible for the implementation of many of the state's continuous improvement activities.
Though both functions and projects provide statewide leadership, ESC function leads establish and coordinate a 20-region network. This ensures ongoing communication among ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes and planning, as well as implementing and evaluating statewide activities. Project leadership focuses on a specific activity.
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Early Intervention (0 - 3)
Through the ESC State Leadership Project, 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 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 so that no child/family is lost to follow-up.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Texas EHDI) System of Care, Community of Support Statewide Campaign
This interactive website offers detailed information, resources, latest news and recent developments in reform efforts to improve the statewide system of care for Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention. This site also contains information and resources for families to support universal access to balanced and individualized medical, audiological, early intervention and family support services.
Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Texas EHDI): Statewide System of Care
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 Project, 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
Auditory Impairment (AI) Eligibility Guidance: Birth – 3
February 9, 2008 – TETN
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)
ESC State Leadership Office - Birth to 5
ESC, Region 11
Susie Tiggs, M. Ed.
Educational Specialist, State Leadership Office
Access to the General Curriculum
ESC, Region 20
John L. Bond, M. Ed., Program Coordinator III, Special Education Support
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.
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