Whether this is your first encounter with a deaf or hard of hearing student or you’ve been a deaf educator for years, HSDC is here to support you and your students both in and outside the classroom. We offer a wide variety of services supporting deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing individuals, their families, and their support systems—from teacher trainings to one-on-one advocacy and everything in between.
Most likely, your deaf or hard of hearing student will come to your classroom with a plan already in place for their language and assistive technology needs. If they don’t, they need to work with your school’s special education department or disability services office to ensure they receive the accommodations they are entitled to under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
To learn how to better serve that student, or what resources are available to you as an educator, here’s a list of what HSDC has for you:
For K-12 Educators & College Educators
- Case Management, Advocacy & Information and Referral Services are available to provide training to schools and their staff, as well as case management and advocacy services to students and their families. This can include: self-advocacy training, IEP consultations/advocacy, information and consultations on assistive technology, and more. Client advocates are based in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham, but serve clients in 13 counties across Western Washington.
- Assistive Listening Devices Specialist & Technician Steve Hillson provides consulting on how to work with assistive technologies in the classroom that have been prescribed under the student’s IEP. Steve will also consult individually on a range of assistive technologies available for use in the home, helping each individual or family navigate online options and find the best fit.
- If you have never worked with an interpreter before, check out the SignOn Interpreting Services FAQ page, or contact SignOn directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For more information on how to best serve your deaf or hard of hearing student, contact one of our client advocates at your local office: Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, or check out these online resources:
- Take a look at our Community Resources page for more information on hearing loss and speech-language challenges, including a link to financial aid and scholarships for college students with disabilities.
Teachers who are deaf or hard of hearing should consult our information on Workplace Accommodations or our pages for Deaf Community Members and Hard of Hearing or Late Deafened Adult, Youth & Families.