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Deaf/Hard of Hearing Information


What does it mean to be eligible under Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing?

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

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 who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.


The Oregon School for the Deaf is a community that fosters lifelong learning, encouraging individuals to become self-fulfilled, productive citizens.

Educational Interpreting for Student who are Deaf 
Guidelines that reflect effective practice and research on the role of professional educational interpreters for students who are Deaf.

Hand and Voices  
The nation’s largest parent-led organization supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Association 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.

Described and Captioned Media Programs (DCMP)   
The mission of DCMP is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind.
Tucker Maxon School
Established in 1947, Tucker Maxon's mission is to teach deaf and hard of 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.
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
Hearing loss is the most common birth defect, occurring at a rate of three in every 1,000 children.
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. Hearing loss in one or both ears occurs in 2 to 3 children out of 1,000 children in the United States.
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 a diagnostic evaluation by three months of age, and infants diagnosed with loss are enrolled into early intervention services by six months of age.

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