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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…


ESC 4 - Aspiring Deaf Education Leaders Series

Date: October 26, 2016

In this multiday series, examine best practices that promote effective leadership in the field of deaf education.  Explore practical topics such…

ESC 13 - Dual Language Learning and the Child with Hearing Loss

Date: November 4, 2016

54% of students with hearing loss come from homes where English is not spoken as a primary language. This workshop is intended for professionals who…

16th Annual Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Meeting

Date: February 26, 2017

2017 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention MeetingIn its 16th year, the EHDI Meeting has built a strong reputation for bringing together a…

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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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