Some deaf or hard of hearing children have additional special needs that:
- may require specialized assessments
- may be considered multiply disabled
- may require specialized services such as behavior support
The Texas Education Service Center Region 3 provides leadership, resources, and information to parents and educators serving children who have severe cognitive disabilities, are medically fragile, or deafblind. These special needs are referred to as low incidence disabilities.
Assessment and IEP decisions determine where along the continuum of placement options students who are deaf or hard of hearing and have additional special needs will be served. The Texas School for the Deaf Special Needs Department has a portion of students who have additional special needs and staff with special training and skills work to individualize and maximize each of these student's abilities.
Though there are many additional disabilities that may occur in addition to hearing loss, some that are common include:
- More Than Meets the Eye: An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
- For Families: Strategies for Consideration for Students with Autism
- Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism
- Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Autism Program
- Texas Deafblind Project
- Deafblindness - from Texas Project FIRST
- State, National, & International Deafblind Resources
- Charge Syndrome
- Usher Syndrome