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Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Eligibility

The current eligibility criteria for hearing impairment under state law is found at PI 11.36 (4), Wis. Admin. Code. If a student is found to have an impairment, the IEP team must also determine the need for special education services (PI 11.35).

HI Criteria Evaluation Guide - Eligibility Criteria Checklist - Checklist Word Fillable - Checklist Spanish Fillable

The Eligibility Criteria Guide for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing was written by a team of educational experts. This document includes the legal practices required during the evaluation process, a glossary of terms specific to the field of education for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, the current criteria for identification of students who are deaf or hard of hearing along with an expanded explanation of each area within the criteria, determining the need for special education along with expanded core curriculum specifically for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and a list of formal and informal assessment tools.
 

Information Update Bulletin 03.03, Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Implementation of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Disability Eligibility Criteria

Checklist to Consider Wisconsin Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project (WDBTAP) Supports and Services

Programming for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

In Wisconsin public schools, there are over 1,700 students identified as deaf or hard of hearing based on statewide data of primary disability reported to DPI via WISEdash. These students participate in educational programs locally, regionally, and at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.

Most students attend the school closest to their home with supports from staff with knowledge in working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing, with other support staff in the school, and of course, the general education staff. In larger districts, there may be multiple staff resources within the school and/or district. For students in our rural communities, specialized service supports by staff knowledgeable in working with deaf or hard of hearing children may be provided in an itinerant model; meaning staff who travel to multiple districts providing services for the students.

Other program supports provided by DPI include:

  • Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD)
    WSD is a residential school for deaf and hard of hearing students from throughout the state of Wisconsin. WSD operates under the direction of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and provides educational services for deaf and hard of hearing students ages 3 to 21. WSD focuses on meeting the needs of students with disabilities in the areas of academic, adaptive education, vocational and social skills development. For more information, visit the Wisconsin School for the Deaf website
  • Outreach Program
    WESP-DHH Outreach provides a variety of programs and services to students, ages 3 to 21, who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind, their families and the educational teams and school districts that serve them, regardless of the student's educational placement or communication modality. Most of these programs are free-of-charge. For more information, visit the WESP-DHH outreach website and learn more by watching the WESP-DHH Outreach Program Video.
  • Wisconsin Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Program (WDBTAP)
    WDBTAP is federally funded technical assistance and dissemination project, which is run by WESP-DHH Outreach. WDBTAP is a resource to families, agencies and schools supporting infants, children and youth aged birth - 21, with combined vision and hearing loss. For more information about WDBTAP services and supports, visit the WDBTAP website

Training

WESP-DHH supports professional development, community events, family activities, and other trainings for parents and professionals working with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind. You can access the calendar of events at http://wesp-dhh.wi.gov/events/.

License Requirements for Educational Interpreters

Please see this page for more information on license requirements for educational interpreters from the DPI's Educator Preparation and Licensing team.

Educational Interpreter Resources and Information

This page provides information on the DPI licensing requirements, schedules of the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), tools developed to support effective practices, and more.

Educational Audiology Resources & Information

This page provides information on resources and topics relevant to the practice of school audiology in Wisconsin.

Resources and Materials Supporting Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

On this web page are a variety of documents and tools that may be useful.

State Superintendent's Advisory Council on the Education of Pupils Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing