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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program

The Tri-City SELPA provides regionalized educational audiology services to all member Districts.  In addition, the Selpa provides regionalized deaf and hard of hearing services to the Beverly Hills and Culver City Unified School Districts.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program serves students eligible for special education under one of the below disabilities:


Deafness: A hearing impairment which is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information for learning, with or without amplification, which adversely affects educational performance.


Hard of Hearing: A hearing impairment, whether permanent or fluctuating, which adversely affects a child’s educational performance but which is not included under the definition of “Deafness”.


Related Services in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program could include:

  • Audiological Services which include measurements of acuity, monitoring amplification, and use of Frequency Modulations (FM) systems. The educational audiologist supports students with hearing loss by identifying the many barriers to communication throughout their school day. She provides direct and indirect support to the student, parent(s), teachers, administrators, and other related service providers. The educational audiologist works closely with all team members, including the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist.
  • Specialized Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services may include speech reading, auditory training and/or instruction in the student’s mode of communication, provided by a qualified specialist. Services may include adapting curricula, methods, and the learning environment; consultation to students, parents, teachers, and other school personnel.
The ultimate goal of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is to teach students to understand and maximize their listening environment independently.