What is a Hearing Impairment?
Hearing Impairment means a hearing condition, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child's educational performance. The term includes those children who are hard of hearing or deaf.
Purpose of Regional Programs
The children, birth-to-21, who as a result of their low-incidence disability require specialized services, are eligible for support from the Regional Programs. Regional Programs work in collaboration with Local School Districts, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs, Families, and Community Agencies to provide specialized educational support for children with a hearing impairment.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Regional Program Services:
The Oregon School for the Deaf is a community that fosters lifelong learning, encouraging individuals to become self-fulfilled, productive citizens.
Hand and Voices
The nation’s largest parent-led organization supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
National Associated of the Deaf
Established in 1880 by deaf leaders, their mission is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Tucker Maxon School
Established in 1947, Tucker Maxon's mission is to teach deaf and hearing children to listen, talk, learn, and achieve excellence together. The school's focus is on listening and spoken language (LSL). The school's goal is to help every child reach their full potential in school and in life.
The first months of life are a critical period for developing speech and language skills. Early identification of a hearing loss and appropriate intervention enhances a child's potential for speech and language development.
The goal of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI) is to assure that all Oregon newborns receive a hearing screening by one month of age, infants who refer on newborn screening receive diagnostic evaluation by three months of age and infants diagnosed with loss are enrolled into early intervention services by six months of age.