This section of Info to Go includes information related to the legislation, laws, and policies impacting educational planning for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

About: Laws Impacting Students who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing 

This document, developed at the Clerc Center, addresses the various laws impacting students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Building the Legacy for our Youngest Children with Disabilities (developed for OSEP)

A training curriculum on IDEA 2004's Part C regulations, produced by NICHCY at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. This training was developed to facilitate guidance for professionals in the early intervention field about the final updates to these published in September 2011.  It includes numerous modules designed to be used by trainers to train others. Each module has a slideshow, a trainer's guide, handouts, and activity sheets.

Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 (U.S. Department of Education)

The website developed by the United States Department of Education covers various aspects of both Part C of IDEA (children from birth-2) and Part B (children from 3-21).

Common Core State Standards Initiative 

The website about the Common Core State Standards includes a link to the standards and information related to implementation of the standards. Information is available for both families and professionals.

Comparison of Pertinent Part B and Part C IDEA Requirements Related to Children and Youth who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing with OSEP Analysis of Comments and Rationale for Part C Changes (Hands & Voices, PDF)

This document from Hands & Voices provides pertinent information about implementation of IDEA for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Deaf Students Education Services; Policy Guidance (Office of Civil Rights)

This document, drafted by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), furnishes state and local education agency personnel with background information and specific steps that will help to ensure that children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing are provided with a free, appropriate public education.

Educating Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Guide for Professionals in General Education Settings (Module 3: Educational Planning) 

This is a three-module resource designed at the Clerc Center in collaboration with the Educational Regional Center 20 in Texas for educators in general education settings. Module three (coming soon) focuses on information about educational planning and the laws that guide this planning (IDEA, Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act, ADA).

Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (Justice Department and U.S. Department of Education)

Frequently Asked Questions     Fact Sheet English     Fact Sheet en Español     Dear Colleague Letter English     Dear Colleague Letter en Español 

These 2014 FAQ, Fact Sheet, and Dear Colleague letters issued jointly by the Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education, explain public schools' responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to meet the communication needs of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.

Making a Plan: IFSP Considerations for Children who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CDC, PDF)

This document was developed by the Parent-to-Parent Committee of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and EHDI. It is designed to guide conversations between parents and their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) teams as they address the unique language and communication considerations for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. Available in English and Spanish (translated into Spanish by the Texas School for the Deaf).

Part C Eligibility Considerations For Infants and Toddler Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NCHAM, PDF)

This document was developed by a committee convened by the IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association and the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

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