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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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Families of Deaf Students File Class Action Lawsuit Against Northside ISD

Five families in the Northside Independent School District, Texas' fourth largest school district, filed a class action lawsuit against the…

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Discovery Retreat teaches coding to Lubbock deaf

Lubbock-area deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades six through 12 met at Texas Tech University to learn about coding drones on Saturday. The…

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CSD Learns and NTID to host webinar featuring Deaf STEM Professionals

If they see it, they can dream it. If they dream it, they can be it! Inspire your students by introducing them to Deaf role models working in STEM.…


Mental Health Training: Identifying Mental Health & Substance Abuse for Deaf /HH Students

Date: June 25, 2019

Contact Theresa Johnson at should you have any questions.

NRSC: Marine Lab Camp for Deaf/HH 9th-12th Graders

Date: June 28, 2019


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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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