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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Please check out this webpage for valuable information.

Common Facts About Hearing Loss

Thank you to Region 4 ESC for sharing common facts about hearing loss.

* Hearing loss is one of the most common disability conditions at birth.

*Three out of every 1,000 babies are born with permanent hearing loss.

*About 90% of hearing impaired children are born to hearing parents.

*Hearing loss is typically identified at 12-25 months, although 22 states have newborn hearing screenings available.

*Language and communication skills develop most rapidly before age 3.

*As many as 738,000 people in the US have severe to profound hearing loss.  Of these, almost 8% are under the age of 18.

*Approximately 14.9% of US children have low-frequency or high-frequency hearing loss of at least 16 dB hearing level in one or both ears.

*Profound, early-onset deafness is present in 4-11 per 10,000 children and is attributable to genetic causes in at least 50% of cases.

Hearing Aids and Your Child

School-Aged Children with Hearing Loss

Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss

Social Issues and Your Child

Planning to Meet Student Needs

Early Childhood: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool

Hearing Loss PLUS Additional Disability(ies)


LEAD-K Language Equality & Acquisition for Deaf Kids

Center of Literacy and Deafness

Texas Association of the Deaf

Hear to Learn

Legal Framework


Region 11 Education Service Center brings you Crossroads, your trusted resource for Deaf Education in Texas.

Alexander Graham Bell Association For The Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Texas Family Resources on DeafBlindness

Please visit for more information and resources available on DeafBlindness.

State Supports:

Texas DeafBlind Project, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired:

ESC DeafBlind Specialist contact information:

State Services for Individuals with Visual Impairments/Blindness:

     Blind Children's Vocational Discovery & Development Program (Health and Human Services Commission):     development-program

     Transition Program (Texas Workforce Commission):

Texas School for the Deaf Education Resource Center on Deafness:

Texas Medicaid Waiver Programs:

     Deaf-Blind Multiple Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program:

      Long-term Care Program Comparisons:     2-8.pdf

iCanConnect (Free communication technology and training to stay connected with family and friends):

Texas Project First website:

Navigate Life Texas website:

Parent Companion-the first five years website:

Texas Deafblind Child Count:

IEP Quality Indicators:

Common Abbreviations

504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Anti-Discrimination Law)

ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

AI: Auditory Impairment

ALD: Assistive Listening Device

ASL: American Sign Language

CI: Cochlear Implant

DHH: Deaf or Hard of Hearing

ENT: Ear, Nose, and Throat Physician (Otolaryngologist)

HH: Hard of Hearing

HI: Hearing Impairment

dB: Decibels

LSLS: Listening and Spoken Language Specialist

TC: Total Communication

Deaf Education Services Region 4
Deaf Education flyer 2017-2018.pdf

Deaf Education Services from Region 4 and online

Region 4 (Houston) has shared different professional development opportunities both online and in person.  Please visit for the most current sessions being offered. 

Deaf Education Teacher Collaboration: November 6, 2017 (session id: 1312552) and January 23, 2018 (session id: 1312532) both are free sessions  Join this group of professionals who are not directly connected to a Regional Day School Program for the Deaf to actively participate in an in-depth examination of providing services to studetns who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Educational Audiologist Collaboration: January 17, 2018 (session id: 1312525) and April 25, 2018 (session id: 1312532) both sessions are free  Join this group of professionals to actively participate in an in-depth examination of educational audiology services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Review updates on best practices and explore solutions to common dilemmas.  Participants will build their network of support and increase effectiveness in the field of audiology.

Professionals for Students with DeafBlindness Collaborative: October 25, 2017 (online session id: 1325682), February 7, 2018 (online session id: 13235713), and March 28, 2018 (online session id: 1325715)  Join this group of professionals in an information-sharing session that focuses on supporting students with deafblindness.

Writing Outcomes and Developing Language: Strategies for ECI Providers: February 6, 2018 (session id: 1314099) fee: $35  This session provides an opportunity for early childhood interventionists and Parent Infant Advisors to fine tune their practices when serving families with infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH).  Explore strategies for helping support language development of children ages birth to three who are DHH.

Spotlight on Technology: What's New for Students with Hearing Loss? October 17, 2017 (session id: 1312303) fee: $35  Keep up to date on legal issues and current technology advances for students with hearing loss.  State-of-the-art technology and updated products will be presented by various manufacturers. 

Hear It, Sign It, Be It: Strategies for Music Interpreting: November 4, 2017 (session id: 1314544) fee: $35  Explore techniques to use when interpreting music in education settings. Learn how to lyrically produce signs that convey the meaning of songs and effectively facilitate the music interpretation process.

In-Class Support for DHH Learners: January 30, 2018 (session id: 1312557) fee: $35  Learn strategies for supporting students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the general education classroom.  This session will review models of inclusion, compare roles and responsibilities of staff, identify effective content supports, and explore practical solutions to planning and collaboration challenges. 

Implementing Authentic Science in Grades PreK-5 with DHH Students: October 31, 2017 (session id: 1332539) and February 13, 2018 (session id:1332539) fee: $70  This 2-day series is intended to support deaf education and general education teachers who provide science instruction to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Participants will examine scientific inquiry and the 5E lesson model as well as review planning lessons that align to the science TEKS.

Itinerant Services for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: March 23, 2018 (session id: 1312391) fee: $35  Come explore practical tools to keep your classroom on wheels moving.  Receive best practices in evaluation and instruction.  Gain tips for collaborating with and supporting campus staff who educate students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Spend time networking with other deaf education itinerant teachers.

Supporting Full Participation of Students with Hearing Loss in the Mainstream Classroom: March 29, 2018 (session id: 1325779) fee: $35  Students who are deaf or hard of hearing require specific skill building and appropriate accommodations to be ableto progress at the same rate as their class peers within the general  education classroom.  Review considerations for student learning and possible accommodations.  

Signing Exact English (SEE) Skillshop: August 6-9, 2018 (session id: 1329595) fee: $140  This week long workshop for adult learners is designed to meet the needs of beginning as well as advanced users of Signing Exact English.  Participants will improve their expressive and receptive signing skills, sign vocabulary, visual features of sign language, and song and storytelling techniques.

Online Learning:

New RSPD Administrators Webinar Series: September 14, 2017, November 14, 2017, February 7, 2018, and April 13, 2018 (session id: 1312488) fee: $100  In this multi day webinar series, examine best practices that facilitate the management of deaf education programs in Texas.  Information for new RDSPD administrators will be shared to address topics in the areas of fiscal management, programming, and structure.  Participants will also explore toolsfor effective leadership.

Foundations of Language: 30 day subscription (session id: 1344028) fee: $50  Access a recoded session provided by Dr. Barbara Luetke.  Explore strategies to capture, assess, and facilitate the language skills of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Learn how to take a language sample and establish priorities for goals and objectives. 

Special Events:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing  Studetn Resource Fair:  January 19, 2018 (session id: 1312075) fee: $5  Students are invited to attend this informational event to explore resources that can help them transition to life after  high school.  Topics will relate to postsecondary education and training, employment, and independent living.  


Special Educaiton Quick Reference Guide for Stuents Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (product id: 741-1679) $50 for a set of 10



Non Traditional Deaf Education Certification Program Application
Application - Deaf Ed.2017-2018-word.docx

Non-Traditional Deaf Education Certification Program

Please go to the following web page to learn more about the Non-Traditional Deaf Education Certification Program.  This program is in collaboration with Texas Tech University, TEA, and Region 17 Education Service Center.


ESC 17 Contacts

Amy Estrada

Education Specialist

AI, Deaf Education, Non Traditional Deaf Education Certification Program



Laura Skeen

Education Specialist

Non Traditional Deaf Education Certification Program



Evelyn Gilson

Support Staff


ESC 17 Student Support Services Contacts


Please click on the link below to find the different Student Support Services Contacts to help you!

You can click on the quick link for:

Student Support Services, Student Evaluation Services, Assistive Technology, Autism, Child Find, CRCG: Community Resources Coordinating Group, Deaf Education Certification, Low Incidence Disabilities, Multicultural & Diverse Learners, Non-Ed Community Based Support Services, Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support Project, Psychological Services, Speech-Language Pathology, Transition Services, Visual Impairment & Blindness, Parent Coordination

We are passionately committed to developing and nurturing healthy, thriving learning communities across Region 17 by guiding and supporting schools in their quest for excellence.

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