Overview

  • This section of the website is focused on assisting you with locating information on Federal and State requirements for special and general education services for children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, from birth to 21 years of age. Children and youth with a hearing loss are often eligible to receive early intervention or special education services, but those who are not eligible may still qualify for appropriate accommodations at school to ensure that they have an opportunity to be fully integrated into the mainstream.

    By clicking on the links in the sidebar to the right you will find more information related to:

    Laws and rules related to accessibility and general education:

    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
    • How do these laws apply to deaf and hard of hearing students in the classroom?

    Laws and rules related to newborn hearing screening and early intervention services for children birth to three years of age:

    • requirements in TX
    • TX systems for identifying children with hearing loss
    • support for TX families in finding appropriate services
    • Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part C: ensures all infants and toddlers with a disability have access to appropriate early intervention services

    Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP):

    • laws
    • rules
    • resources

    Laws and rules related to special education for children and youth 3-21:

    • The Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B is the federal law that ensures that children with disabilities ages 3-21 have access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
    • Texas Education Code (TEC)
    • Texas Administrative Code (TAC)
    • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
    • state eligibility requirements for deaf education services

    Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Admission Review and Dismissal (ARD) process:

    • laws
    • rules
    • resources