Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
The Wabash Miami Area Program services Manchester Community Schools, MSD of Wabash County, Peru Community Schools and Wabash City Schools. Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are served in the above 4 corporations.
According to Article 7, Deaf or Hard of Hearing means a disability that with or without amplification, adversely affects the student’s ability to use hearing for developing language and learning, educational performance, and developmental progress. The hearing loss may be permanent or fluctuating, mild to profound or unilateral or bilateral. Students who are deaf or hard of hearing may use spoken language, sign language or a combination of spoken language and signed systems.
Continuum of DHH Services
Students who are DHH may need assistive technology to access the curriculum. Many use classroom soundfields, personal FM systems, personal FM systems attached to hearing aids or cochlear implants. desktop amplification, iPads or any combination of these.
Some students require additional support through the use of an Educational Interpreter.
Some students require the services of a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to be in communication with general education as well as special needs teachers in assessing, suggesting accommodations, assist others in adapting materials and supplying necessary equipment and strategies to make the DHH student successful.
Some students require the services of a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to also supply direct services on an itinerant basis.
The teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing also keeps in contact with the parents either directly or through the teacher of service in the building. Support to the parents is given in many ways. One is through names and numbers of audiologists, ENT’s in the area, hearing aid opportunities, and workshop/informational presentations in the community. Auditory and Educational Testing and Consultation through the Outreach program in Indianapolis can also be facilitated by the DHH Teacher. Case Conferences can also be arranged for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing student.