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Deaf or Hard of Hearing Information

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

Deaf or Hard of Hearing 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.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Regional Program Services


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.

For more information contact Linda Brown 503-947-5825

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