ESU 6 Deaf / Hard of Hearing teachers serve deaf or hard of hearing students ages birth to 21 in home-based, early childhood, general education, special education and transition settings. A Deaf / Hard of Hearing teacher works as part of a team and is responsible for identifying programming needs for students with a hearing loss. The teachers serve as a resource to all team members including parents, instructional and support staff, and students to provide unique information on the impact of a hearing loss on language, communication, academic and functional skill development.
A Deaf / Hard of Hearing teacher typically provides direct instructional support in areas directly impacted by a hearing loss: listening, communication, language, vocabulary, reading readiness skill development, and compensatory skill development in the learning environment. Indirect services include providing staff development and consultation to teachers, interpreters / transliterators / transcribers, parents and other staff; ensuring adequate and appropriate access to classroom information, including access to captioned media; supporting the maintenance of amplification equipment; advising on environmental adaptations; monitoring students’ functioning in the school setting; supporting parents in communication system decisions and development; and assisting students and families with community resources related to hearing loss.