The state of Texas has set up three different ways a three-year-old child who is deaf or hard of hearing can get needed services.
Local school districts may provide services directly to a student who is deaf or hard of hearing at the student’s local school. Services are provided at the student’s “home” school, meaning whatever local campus the child would normally attend based on their residence. Typically services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing are in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities or PPCD.
Texas is a very large state, and it is challenging to have trained and certified deaf education staff in every school district. Texas developed Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf to help meet this need. Throughout the state, RDSPDs provide the teachers, interpreters, and other specialized staff to support these children. Children who do not live in the RDSPD district are brought to that district daily for services.
Texas School for the Deaf serves the entire state of Texas and is located in downtown Austin. TSD has a preschool program for 3-year-old children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Attending TSD requires a “referral” to the school. Some ways a parent can get this referral are: