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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


  • Oregon School for the Deaf

    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.

  • Class Room Resource for Students

    Introducing a classroom resource that empowers kids of different ages to talk about their hearing loss. This PowerPoint template consists of approximately 30 slides that students with hearing loss can choose from to present to their classmates. The template is filled with fun facts, animated images and videos highlighting relevant topics such as “How we hear”, “Types of hearing loss”, “How hearing aids work”, “Tips that will help me hear you” and “How to protect your hearing”. Within the template, children upload photos of themselves, their hearing technology and even their audiogram to personalize it.

    There are 2 versions of the template. A version for younger children (5-10 years old) and a version for older children (11-16 years old). Both versions have the same content but images of children in each template reflecting the different age groups.

  • 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.

  • 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.

For more information contact:
Email: Linda Brown

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