Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Program
The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Program at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit provides specially designed instruction to students who exhibit a mild to profound hearing loss, which interferes with the development of language and communication and impacts their ability to achieve educational potential. Certified Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing provide instruction and support for students in developing auditory, language, speechreading, literacy and self-advocacy skills, as well as academic support in an inclusive educational program. The goal of this program is to effectively educate students with hearing loss, to the greatest extent possible, in regular education environments.
For more information, let's answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Deaf/Hard of Hearing issues and how these issues are handled by the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Program operated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) Educational Services and Support (ESS) Division.
The AIU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Support Program offers a variety of specialized services to school districts. These include initial assessment/reassessment of Eligibility and needs, direct instruction by certified teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, personnel training in current topics and best practice, and consultative services. Educational Audiologists provide assessment and recommendations in determining eligibility, fitting and maintenance of assistive listening technology, and consultation to teachers and educational teams. Educational Interpreters, Communication Support Specialists, Oral Transliterators and Notetakers are also available to facilitate communication access. Professional Development and student teacher opportunities are also available. Please see our Specialized Services page for a more in-depth look at these services.