Deaf and Hearing Impaired

This page provides links to various programs and resources for students who are deaf and hearing impaired:

Definition of Deafness (Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-01 (iv))

“Deafness” means a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

Definition of Hearing Impairment (Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-01 (vi))

“Hearing impairment” means an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness in this rule

Ohio School for the Deaf is an educational facility and resource center on deafness and provides comprehensive education for Ohio's deaf and hard-of-hearing students which encourages independence and life long learning.

Center for Outreach Services at the Ohio School for the Deaf provides support, assistance and resources to educators, interpreters, parents and school districts who work with learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in Ohio's public schools.

Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) provides services in Ohio for individuals, birth through 21 years, with deafblindness, including free collaborative technical assistance to families, educational personnel and service providers through training and information dissemination.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) – Ohio provides training for new and professional interpreters, continued certification through testing and various support services. Ohio’ chapter of RID is organized into seven local affiliate chapters.

PEPNet provides resources and expertise that enhance educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing--including those with co-occurring disabilities. PEPNet's national outreach is coordinated through its four regional centers and those centers work collaboratively to provide a broad variety of best practices & resources where and when you need them to enhance educational opportunities. PEPNet offers consultation, training, professional development, cutting edge technical assistance and other resources to educational institutions. PEPNet also has online trainings and an online resource library.

Columbus Speech and Hearing Center provides audiology and speech pathology services, hearing services, hearing screenings and parent information classes.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing focuses specifically on children with hearing loss, providing ongoing support and advocacy for parents, professionals, and other interested parties. AG Bell provides financial aid for mainstreamed education to qualifying applicants at preschool, school-age and post-secondary levels.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) provides ASL (American Sign Language) Teacher Certification; holds biennial conventions, conferences and forums; and has an interpreter assessment program.

Help Me Grow/Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention promotes the well being of young children with disabilities through home-based, health and specialized developmental services.

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the educational interests of children with handicapping conditions. The Coalition offers free materials and statewide training programs for families with handicapped children. OCECD also offers assistance in the areas of advocacy, legislation, educational rights, transition from high school to community, and team work between families and service providers.

Last Modified: 11/14/2013 10:04:06 AM