Deaf or hard of hearing students may be eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), or under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B. To find out more about these different Acts, refer to the LAW section of this website.
To receive services under special education law or IDEA, Part B, student eligibility must first be determined.
Other Assessment Tools for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, from the Deaf Education Initiative at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. (NASDSE), may also be used to determine if and what services are needed.
Through development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) the Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) committee makes recommendations for the services and programs that meet the student's needs.
Additional statewide support for parents and professionals is available from:
Other resources for educational services include:
As the developmental and educational progress of deaf and hard of hearing students is monitored, parents and professionals may decide to continue with services as planned or they may request changes in either services or placement. Depending on the age of the students, factors include: