Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialized Services
The following services are provided to students who are already enrolled in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Program. They are available to students who are not enrolled in the program on a fee for services basis.
Communication Access Services
Services include Educational Sign Language Interpreters, Communication Support Specialists, Captionists or Notetakers. In their respective roles, Interpreters, Communication Support Specialists, and Captionists work to facilitate communication between person who are Deaf/HH and persons who are hearing in the learning environment. These services are provided for academic lecturers, classroom discussion, assessments, assemblies and extracurricular activities in which students participate.
A Notetaker provides written or typed notes of academic content for students who are Deaf/HH, enabling them to attend to the dynamics of classroom verbal interaction and media presentations.
The service of Interpreter or Captionists is also available for parents who are Deaf/HH for IEP meetings, parent conferences and other school activities as needed.
Consultation by supervisors, teachers and educational audiologists can be provided to school district personnel for a variety of needs including:
- Recommendation of accommodations for special needs in the classroom
- Instruction to teachers and peers on the needs of students with hearing loss
- Collaboration with agencies providing resources to students and parents (OVR, Center for Speech and Hearing, etc.)
Direct Instruction in Hearing Support Curriculum Skill Areas
Direct instruction is provided to eligible students as determined by the needs that are identified in the multi-disciplinary team evaluation. Instruction may be provided in the areas of language, literacy, speechreading, listening, self-advocacy and any other area of need that has been identified. Academic support may also be provided to the student in his/her content areas.
The AIU Educational Audiologists provide consultation and recommendations for educational accommodations to maximize auditory access for students in the classroom. They provide educationally relevant assessments of student auditory functioning, hearing, and listening levels, participate in multi-disciplinary educational teams, and assist with the determination of eligibility and need for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Support Services. Evaluation, fitting, and monitoring of school provided individual assistive listening technology, as indicated by Pennsylvania State Licensure in Audiology, is a key component of educational audiological services to the Allegheny County student population.
Initial Assessment/Re-Assessment of Eligibility and Needs
Students are referred by their school district to the AIU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Program to determine if they are eligible for Hearing Support services. An Educational Functional Hearing Assessment is conducted by the Hearing Diagnostician and/or Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and the Educational Audiologist to determine eligibility. Enrolled students receive ongoing evaluation to assess progress and determine continued eligibility.
Personnel Training (Group training can be provided on a prorated basis)
Professional Development opportunities are provided to AIU Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing via monthly staff meetings and inservice programs. School district personnel may participate in inservice programs on a fee for service basis. Act 48 hours are available for most inservice programs.