Radio Inspire

How To Learn Sign Language

Regional Day School Program for the Deaf


JULIE JOHNSTON: My
name is Julie Johnston. I’m the Deaf
Education Coordinator with the Round Rock Independent
School District, which is home to Capital Area Regional Day
School Program for the Deaf. A regional day school
program for the deaf is a continuum of
services that can be provided to children
wherever they need. Those services might be in
their home for parent infant services, in local day cares,
at their neighborhood school, or in a cluster site, where
children with similar needs are coming together to access
our deaf education program. Children qualify for our
services in two ways. One is a medical
component, where we’re working with our
program audiologist and their are
clinical audiologist in evaluating their hearing. And then to look at them from
an educational perspective, and how their expressive and
receptive language skills are growing. With the combination
of these two things, eligibility would then lean
toward services being provided through our team of
deaf education teachers, interpreters, if that is also
part of the communication mode, our program
audiologists, and always in collaboration
with our families, guiding us toward the
goals they have in mind for their children. ELIZABETH STERLING: My
name is Elizabeth Sterling, and I am the Coordinator of the
Region 13 Regional Day School Program for the Deaf. Communication mode is
determined by the families and by the educational
committee, all of the related service
providers, speech pathologist and audiologist. And we work on auditory access,
listening and spoken language, as well as providing
sign language services for parents who are interested
in having those services and learning about
those services, and learning about
that sign system. We provide all of the
services in between, depending on what
the family decides. But it is based on
the National Agenda for deaf children, which
is really parent choice. JULIE JOHNSTON: Services
from the Regional Day School Program for the
Deaf are provided to families and their
children at no cost. And those services begin as
soon as families have identified that their infant
has a hearing loss. And they run all the way
through elementary school and secondary program, until
the child’s graduation. ELIZABETH STERLING:
Every service center has a list of the Regional Day
School programs in their area. There are two service centers
that have a central function. It means that they have
consolidated services for information and
resources for families. One of them is Region 20,
and one of them is Region 11. And so Region 20 has a list of
Regional Day School programs, contact information,
emails and phone numbers of all of those contact
people for the state. Also, any service center
deaf education coordinator would be able to
answer that question. Local school district
special education department could also provide that
information to families. JULIE JOHNSTON: Well what’s
true is no one starts this journey by choice. So it’s important
for families to know that they’re not going
through this alone. There are experts
in the field who are ready to come into
your home, to work side by side with you, to help guide
you into the school age years, and to stay together so that
as these milestones come along, and you weren’t anticipating
how to face them with your child
who a hearing loss, you have people there who are
passionate about what they do and passionate
about your children success, who are going to help
you through to the very end.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *