Services for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD)Our mission is to serve students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing by providing educational challenges and opportunities which empower them to become productive and independent individuals.The Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf may provide specialized services to eligible students (birth – 21) who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and reside within one of our member districts.The district of residence has the option to refer their eligible students to Plano RDSPD for services. Our member districts include: Allen ISD, Blue Ridge ISD, Celina ISD, Community ISD, Coppell ISD, Farmersville ISD, Frisco ISD, Lovejoy ISD, McKinney ISD, Plano ISD, Princeton ISD, Prosper ISD, Richardson ISD, and Wylie ISD.
Since deafness is such a low incidence population, the state set up Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf so that local districts shall have access to services. Any student deafness which severely impairs processing linguistic information through hearing, even with recommended amplification, and which adversely affects educational performance shall be eligible for consideration for the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, subject to the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee recommendations.
Eligibility for Services
A student eligible as Deaf or Hard of Hearing (formally Auditorially Impaired), must meet the following criteria:
- Have a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired in processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification and that adversely affects a child’s educational performance, or
- The hearing loss, whether permanent or fluctuating that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
- Have an educational need for specially designed instruction
- A multidisciplinary team must review information from
- An ontological examination
- An audiological examination
- A communication assessment addressing the implications of the hearing loss for the student’s hearing in a variety of circumstances.
Services and Supports
The Plano RDSPD provides a full continuum of services based upon each child’s individual needs as determined by assessment and the ARD committee. Services may include:
- Parent/Infant (0-3 year old) services are provided through a memorandum of understanding between Plano RDSPD and the Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI) that serves the location of your residence.
- Services are available for early childhood through high school (ages 3-21) in centralized classrooms on a regular education campus for intensive instruction. Students will spend some portion of their day with in the general education setting based upon each student’s individual needs. Centralized campuses include Pearson Early Childhood School, Davis Elementary School, Haggard Middle School, Vines High School, and Plano Senior High School.
- A dual track of communication modes is available in either auditory/oral or total communication classes at preschool and elementary centralized campuses. These classes are taught by certified, highly qualified teachers of the deaf.
- Itinerant teachers of the deaf provide support to students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing enrolled in general education or basic special education programs on their home school campus.
- Intensive speech and language evaluations, direct intervention, and consultation are provided to qualifying students by certified speech language pathologists and certified teachers of the deaf.
- Sign language interpreting/transliterating is provided for students whose mode of communication is sign in the general education setting and for before and after school educational activities.
- CART is provided for students who read at least on a 5th grade level and need speech to text transcription to access instruction in the general education setting and before and after school as specified in the IEP.
- Other additional supports and related services such as counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses are available to students if recommended through evaluation and the ARD process.
- Information and guidance are provided as needed for families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing through home visits, parent groups, community classes, publications, and organizations.
- Sign language training is offered to family members and the community
Plano ISD - RDSPD Campuses
The campuses below are the locations of our RDSPD Program in Plano.
- Pearson Early Childhood School
- Davis Elementary
- Haggard Middle School
- Vines High School
- Plano Senior High School
Non-PISD Resident Contacts
If you reside outside of Plano ISD, you will need to contact the Special Education Office in your district of residence.
- Allen ISD 972-727-0490
- Ann ISD 972-924-1016
- Blue Ridge ISD/Fannin County Special Education SSA 903-583-5528
- Celina ISD 469-742-9100
- Community ISD 972-843-8400
- Coppell ISD 214-496-6955
- Farmersville ISD 972-782-8319
- Frisco ISD 469-633-6900
- Lovejoy ISD 469-742-8048
- McKinney ISD 469-302-6304
- Princeton ISD 469-952-5400
- Prosper ISD 469-219-2035
- Richardson ISD 469-593-7500
- Wylie ISD 972-429-3000