TEA fulfills a requirement for a comprehensive statewide plan for educational services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) through a State DHH Plan (seeTEC §30.083). TEA works in collaboration with ESC Region 11, the Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) at TSD, and stakeholders from an interagency task force referred to as the Texas National Agenda Action Committee (TNAAC).
ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.
The DARS, Division for Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) works in partnership with people who are deaf or hard of hearing to eliminate societal and communication barriers to improve equal access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DHHS advocates for people of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing to enable them to express their freedoms, participate in society to their individual potential, and reduce their isolation regardless of location, socioeconomic status, or degree of disability.
The Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Program oversees the state’s newborn hearing screening program and provides information and resources to families and professionals related to hearing screening and follow-up care.
Texas School for the Deaf is established as a state agency to provide a continuum of direct educational services to students, ages zero through twenty-one, who are deaf or hard of hearing and who may have multiple disabilities.
The Education Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) brings the resources of the Texas School for the Deaf to the state, as well as, works collaboratively with a variety of agencies, programs, and schools across Texas to create a network of information, services, and support designed to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in which students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them, from birth through transition from school.
TSBVI Outreach Programs provide information, training and support to families, professionals in education and rehabilitation, and community members involved in the lives of individuals with visual impairments or deafblindness who range in age from birth through twenty-two years old.
Education Service Center Region 11 (ESC 11) provides leadership, staff development, consultation and technical assistance through the statewide ESC deaf and hard of hearing network. ESC 11 assists regional day school programs for the deaf (RDSPD) and local school districts with the development and implementation of comprehensive early intervention services to families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss and instructional programs for preschool age through high school age students for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. ESC 11 works to promote practices and protocols that support a comprehensive statewide system of coordinated services between newborn hearing screening programs, audiology and otolaryngology services, medical home services, local early childhood intervention programs, Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf, Texas School for the Deaf, and local school districts.