Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
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Expanded Core Curriculum
In addition to the essential skills and concepts of the Iowa Core, students who are deaf or hard of hearing have specialized needs not covered in the general education curriculum. The purpose of the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (ECC-DHH) is to be a resource for IFSP and IEP team members when developing educational plans for a student who is deaf or hard or hearing. This tool is designed for teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and education audiologists to address these identified areas that are either not taught or require specific and direct teaching. The intent of the ECC-DHH is to be a framework for addressing unique needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The following nine documents comprise the ECC-DHH and accompanying resources:
Any person providing Sign Language Interpreting, regardless of title, is required to hold an Iowa license. The following documents provide guidance for AEA administrators, LEA administrators, and IEP teams, including parents and educational interpreters.
Legal Requirements and Reports
In developing an IEP for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, IDEA 2004 300.324 (a)(iv) says that “the IEP Team must consider the communication needs of the child, and in the case of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, consider the child’s language and communication needs, opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the child’s language and communication mode, academic level, and full range of needs, including opportunities for direct instruction in the child’s language and communication mode;”
Communication Plan – A model for IEP teams.
Achievement Data Report
ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center – Iowa's parent training and information center for families of children with disabilities
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) – A free resource for families