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Educational rights of your deaf or hard-of-hearing child

Raising your deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) child proves both challenging and rewarding. Your child will soon begin his or her first year of school, but you worry that they won't receive the same education as their classmates.

In California, laws establish both equality and special aid to children who suffer from a lack of hearing ability. As a parent, you are not alone, nor is your child in their development. Know that, by law, your child should receive care and teaching that fits their exact needs.

Classroom development and DHH students

According to the Legislative Analyst's Office of California, the state serves over 14,000 DHH students each year. Students affected by hearing impairments see difficulties in:

  • Responding to teachers or other students
  • Understanding lip-reading
  • Lack of problem-solving development
  • Social understanding and queues
  • Uninformed staff

Identifying problems and changing a curriculum aids your child in benefitting in a California classroom.

California Department of Education and DHH children

In September 2016, the Senate Bill 210 committee passed a bill to expand on the support that California school districts gives DHH children. The bill stated that education departments must provide existing tools or assessments that educators can use for the:

  • Assessment of your child's language and literacy development
  • Tracking of your child's linguistic development

For children to make progress, without subjecting him or her to basic classroom activities or standardized tests, special assessments must occur to understand a child's progress. The state of California understands that if DHH children are taught and learn differently, teachers cannot assess them through the same methods as other children.

Know that California government works to aid your child in school development throughout their educational path. Depending on your child's exact needs, a school may assign a sign language professional or designate times throughout the day for one-on-one learning.

The state concludes that normalizing your child's day, yet adapting to his or her educational needs, proves to be the most beneficial mesh of opportunities for you, your child and their education.

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