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We are committed to being the "crossroads" where support, information, and resources converge for Texas deaf and hard of hearing students, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

Birth - 3: Your Journey Begins Here

Beginning at birth, opportunities abound for deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents. We are here to help you find your way to the strong network of parents and professionals ready to help you discover a future of endless possibilities.

Featured Individuals

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Andrea Alford

  • Born hearing, became deaf from spinal meningitis between infancy and 3 months of age
  • Masters in Deaf Education from Texas Woman's University and Educational Administration certification from Lamar University
  • Awarded "Spotlight Teacher of the Year" in 2012 for Cypress Ridge High School, Cypress Fairbanks ISD
  • Enjoys running half marathons, sewing, embroidery, and eating crawfish
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Connie Ferguson

  • Progressive hearing loss noticed at age 5, identified at age 11, profoundly deaf by age 22
  • BS in Deaf Education from Texas Christian University and MS in Educational Administration from University of Houston
  • First deaf itinerant teacher in Texas, served on TAD Board, Past President of TAPED and Chair of the SWCED
  • Supervisor of Brazos Valley RDSPD for 24 years. Retired and loves grandkids and sailing


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UT Austin Researchers Receive $20 Million to Improve Education Outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Researchers in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin have received a $20 million, five-year award from the U.S. Department of…

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9/11 Tribute by Students In Abilene Deaf Education Program

Students in the Abilene Independent School District's deaf education program sign their 9/11 presentation on Wednesday at Madison Middle School.…

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After Losing Her Hearing As A Baby, This Girl Is Making Her Mark In Kindergarten

Esther Savage loves a lot of things. She loves practicing her cartwheels. She loves light saber duels with her mom – and tickle fights. Her…


Indicators of Auditory Guided Speech Development in Young Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Date: September 16, 2016

Featured Speaker:  David J. Ertmer, Ph.D., CCC-SLPIn this workshop, you will learn to recognize changes in prelinguistic vocalizations that…

Accelerating Spoken Language in Children with Hearing Loss 2016 Davies Symposium

Date: September 16, 2016

The achievement and success of children with hearing loss who are learning spoken language are directly related to a professional’s accuracy in…

Auditory Processing Disorders in Children: Evaluation and Intervention Web Cast

Date: September 23, 2016

The course will review protocols for audiological and speech-language pathology protocols for evaluating children with auditory processing disorders…

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Crossroads is a collaborative effort between Education Service Center 11 and Texas School for the Deaf. Each of these agencies has a department responsible for statewide services to improve educational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing students.

At ESC11, that program is the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Leadership Project.

At TSD, the department that provides statewide outreach is the Educational Resource Center on Deafness.

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