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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Attaining and Sustaining Language and Literacy through Hearing Technology

General Information

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) indicates that about 2 to 3 out of 1,000 children in the United States are born with a “detectable level” of hearing loss in one or both ears.  Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop speech, language, and as well as social skills.  The earlier children with hearing losses are identified and provided resources, the more likely they are to reach their full potential.



Region 18 ESC provides technical assistance and staff development opportunities for parents and educators who work with deaf and/or hard of hearing students.



Statewide Lead for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

Region 11 ESC provides statewide leadership in the area of communication access for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  This website offers resources and supports related to communication modes (manual/visual, auditory/oral) and interpreting.

TEA Services to Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing 

Educational Research Center on Deafness (ERCOD)


Crossroads - Resource for Deaf Education in Texas


National Hands and Voices™


Texas Hands and Voices™



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Deaf and Hard of Hearing/VI/Sensory