Our Public School Partnership (PSP) staff can assist 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 schools.
PSP addresses the specific needs of students with hearing aids and cochlear implants in educational settings, providing a support system for monitoring deaf and hard of hearing students’ academic and developmental progress. We consult with parents and faculty to facilitate the development of appropriate educational plans, meet with individual students, observe students in academic and social settings, and identify classroom modifications and teaching practices to support participation and learning.
Below, please find resources to support teachers, families and educational leaders in developing accessibility guidelines for deaf or hard of hearing students:
endorsed letter to parents of deaf/hard of hearing children
Children with Hearing Loss Need an Educational Audiologist on their Team
Communicate Effectively with Masks (infographic)
Captioning and Live Video Conferences
Accessibility Tips for Families: Remote Learning at Home
Five tips to help your hard of hearing student with online learning (Infographic)
Ideas for Being Present with Your Child Every Day
Helpful Tips for Teachers: Remote Learning at Home
Massachusetts Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing List of Children's Specialists
As a parent of a Bilingual Hard of Hearing student with additional special needs, I was extremely pleased with the support of the Public School Partnership program. If not for the PSP program, my son would not have gotten the support that ultimately helped him pass MCAS and achieve a High School Diploma. My son got what he needed in terms of hearing loss support and my town was able to successfully graduate one of their multi special needs students, which never would have happened without the Public School Partnership.