Welcome to Topics

  • Crossroads has pulled together information on a variety of topics related to deafness.


Assistive
Technology


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For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, assistive technology can provide access to communication and to the environment.


Hearing
Loss


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Find multiple resources to help you learn more about hearing loss, including characteristics of hearing loss, assessment, implications, assistive technology, and more.


Rules, Regulations,
and the Law


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ERCOD has made it easy for families and professionals to access 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.


Communication &
Language


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The information in this section is provided and written to answer questions related to the general topic of "Communication."


Interpreting


Woman signing inspiring

Learn about becoming an interpreter, maintaining certification, and using an interpreter.



Students With
Additional Needs


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Students who are deaf with additional needs often require services that are outside the typical training received by deaf ed or special ed teachers. This section provides resources for staff working with this unique group of students.


Educational
Resources


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Texas has a variety of educational services and programs for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.


Organizations


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ERCOD has gathered information about and contact information for organizations, agencies, and other resources that may be of interest to students, families, and professionals.


Texas Initiative for Mental
Health for Deaf Youth


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The Texas Initiative for Mental Health for Deaf Youth is a collaborative project between the Texas Education Agency and the Educational Resource Center on Deafness at Texas School for the Deaf.