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Vision and Hearing Services

VISION

image of eye chart seen through eye glasses

Services to students with visual impairments include teaching travel and self-advocacy skills along with academic and communication systems including Braille reading and writing and computers. Appropriate materials are provided as needed in Braille, Large Print or recorded form so students can fully participate within the general classroom setting. These services may be delivered through direct  services and/or consultative services.




HEARING


image is of the anatomy of the outer, middle, and inner ear. The professionals involved in providing services are an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing and an Educational Audiologist of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing. The goal of these professionals is to provide hearing disabled pupils with remediation, assistive devices and accommodations that will enhance their academic, communication and social skills. It also enables them to function maximally in the regular classroom. They guide students/teachers in the appropriate operation of all specialized equipment and regularly check the working condition of such equipment.

Students identified with hearing loss can have an audiogram completed regularly by the Educational Audiologist at no charge to the young girl with cochlear implants being shown a picture by a teacherfamily. Providers will foster understanding and acceptance of hearing impaired pupils among administrators, teachers, peers and parents. These services may be delivered through direct services and/or consultative services. The teacher of the D/H.H. may implement activities that develop social skills and inform parents of opportunities to interact with other D/H.H. peers and adults. All providers work to prepare students for independent living and inform families of transition programs that may be available through the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind or the local school district, if deemed appropriate through the IEP process.


PARENT RESOURCES

http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/sd-vision_families
http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/sd-hearing_resources
https://www.handsandvoices.org/pdf/IEP_Checklist.pdf

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