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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.

Newborn - Age 3: The 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

Heather Hughes

  • Discovering Deaf community, at age 17, was the best thing that happened to her socially, emotionally and professionally.
  • As a mother, she immersed in language acquisition of young children, wanting her son to be able to communicate bilingually.
  • Her son (CODA) uses both ASL and English to communicate the most abstract and complex thoughts. Hard work, but worth it!
  • As Executive Director of Deaf Action Center she mentors other d/Deaf individuals to find their sense of self-worth & talents.
Deaf Community Wants to Dialogue

Jo Bempong

  • Comes from a second-generation Deaf family whose parents immigrated from Ghana, West Africa and is a twin herself.
  • Obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Engineering from RIT and is currently employed by Texas Instruments.
  • MA degree focused on developing a device that recognizes ASL fingerspelling using machine learning/artificial intelligence.
  • Enjoys giving back to the Deaf community by presenting, doing researches, or participating on panels on various topics.
Meet Jo and her twin sister!


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SAVE THE DATE! Third Biennial Best Practice in Mainstream Education of Deaf / HH Students

Third Biennial Best Practice in Mainstream Education of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing StudentsConference opportunity for K-12 teachers, teaching…

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Assistant Secretary Collett Visits the Texas School for the Deaf

On Feb. 19, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett visited Texas School for the Deaf to learn more…

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HHSC: Camp Sign Open for Registration / Application

Camp SIGNAugust 4 - August 10, 2019Applicants are now invited to apply for Camp SIGN, an outdoor experience program hosted by the Office of Deaf…


Amarillo Deaf Chat

Date: March 21, 2019

Amarillo Deaf ChatEvery Thursday at 7 PM at Westgate Mall in Amarillo, TX

San Antonio Deaf Coffee Chat

Date: March 22, 2019

San Antonio Deaf Coffee Chat4th Friday of every month at 7 P.M. at Alamo Quarry Starbucks in San Antonio, TX

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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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