Deaf or Hard of Hearing

According to state law, the term deaf or hard of hearing (previously referred to as a hearing impairment) is defined as a hearing loss 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 or sign language or a combination of spoken language and signed systems.

Identification and eligibility for special education is determined by the case conference committee using the required assessment components.  See “Required Assessment Components for Eligibility.

The school corporation educates students who have been identified as deaf or hard of hearing locally unless the case conference committee determines that services at the Indiana School for the Deaf is the appropriate least restrictive environment.

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