The Outreach Partnership Program (TOPP)
The Outreach Partnership Program (TOPP) addresses the specific needs of students with hearing aids and cochlear implants who attend public schools. TOPP provides a support system for monitoring deaf and hard of hearing students' academic and developmental progress. In addition, TOPP assists districts in complying with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504 plans) for deaf and hard of hearing students in the classroom. Currently TOPP serves close to 100 students in 30 school districts.
In order to identify student needs and coordinate appropriate services, TOPP will:
- Meet with parents and faculty to facilitate the development of appropriate educational plans.
- Meet with the individual student.
- Observe the student in both academic and social settings.
- Identify classroom modifications and teaching practices, which support participation and learning.
TOPP consultants include educators, educational audiologists, speech-language pathologists and school psychologists who have experience working with deaf and hard of hearing students and children with cochlear implants.
Support Services for Teachers, Students, and Families
Once student needs are identified, TOPP will assist school districts in implementing appropriate interventions by providing:
- Consultation, observation, and training for classroom teachers and support personnel.
- Periodic review of all curriculum adaptations.
- Educational audiology services, including recommendation, implementation, and training for FM systems and classroom acoustics.
- Consultation with speech-language pathologists regarding speech, language and auditory needs of children with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
- Consultation support for sign language interpreters working in public schools.
- Assistance with student transition issues (for example, work and extra-curricular activities).
- Comprehensive resource information related to student assessment.
Faculty Inservices and Workshops
Workshops can be arranged on the following topics:
- Curriculum adaptations in the classroom.
- Educational audiology, and the impact of hearing loss on listening in the classroom.
- Cochlear implant, FM, and hearing aid technology and maintenance.
- Communication choices and language learning for deaf and hard of hearing students.
- Comprehensive American Sign Language courses.
TOPP serves as a resource for any public school system seeking to learn more about inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing students.
For more information contact:
The Learning Center for the Deaf, TOPP Program
848 Central Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-5110 (v/tty)