Is your Child or Student Struggling to Hear at School?

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Back-to-school is an exciting time of year for most children.  But not for all, especially not for the child who is having trouble hearing.  Is your child, or your student, not hearing well enough in the classroom to perform up to his or her full potential?

There is a world of assistive services and technology that can make the spoken word accessible to the student who is D/deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Things such as personal FM systems, CART or text-interpreting, and sign language interpreting are more readily available now than ever before. The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers brief but detailed fact sheets on Deafness and Hearing Loss. Click here to download.

Would you like to learn more about how assistive listening devices, speech-to-text transcription, and/or sign language interpreting services might benefit your child or your student? Click here to download this free paper  Accommodating Students with Hearing Loss from the Job Accommodation Network.  

Are you confused about how to go about getting your child or your student the help they need? If they attend public school, their accommodations must be specified in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Many parents and teachers find the process overwhelming and confusing.  The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities has excellent materials on the IEP process and the components of an IEP. Click here  to read it.

Recent guidance from the Department of Justice regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) advises that students who attend private schools are entitled to effective communication and equal access to educational programs and services, even if their school is not a part of a public school system. Or, even if it is, the ADA may entitle them to accommodations not covered in an IEP. Confused? Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools | PDF

As students who are deaf or hard of hearing head off to school, some parents and teachers may wonder if CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) would help. For people whose first language is ASL, a sign language interpreter may be best.  For people who read English, especially for people with certain learning disabilities and people for whom English is a second language, CART may be right.  CART is an approved accommodation under the ADA as long as it facitlitates effective communication for the person using it.  Would you like to learn more about verbatim speech-to-text transcription (also known as CART, Communication Access Realtime Translation) in the classroom? For an excellent paper from the National Court Reporter’s Association about  CART in the Classroom, please click here  Other students benefit from a meaning-for-meaning text interpretation of what is said as opposed to a word-for-word transcript. Click here for more information on Text Interpreting.

Contact ACS today and let us help you support students who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families, and their schools.

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