Texas Education Code §30.083 requires the development of a “comprehensive statewide plan for educational services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.”
TEA fulfills this requirement and additional responsibilities by maintaining a State Plan for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (State DHH Plan) and by working closely with Education Service Centers (ESCs) in Regions 10, XI, and 20, the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), and stakeholders from an interagency task force referred to as the Texas National Agenda Committee (TNAC).
The service centers provide statewide leadership in areas related to services to infants and toddlers (ESC 10), communication access (ESC XI), and access to the general curriculum (ESC 20). TSD provides outreach support to schools and families through the Education Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD). TNAC provides advisory services on the alignment of the State DHH Plan with the National Agenda for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Rules and Regulations
34 CFR 300.324(a)(2)(iv)
IDEA regulations regarding special factors that must be considered when creating an IEP for a student who is deaf or hard of hearing
TEC Chapter 29 §§301-314
Statutory requirements related to educational programs for students who are DHH
TEC Chapter 30 §§081-087
Statutory requirements related to the establishment and operation of the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD)
19 TAC §89.62
State Board of Education rule related to support of students enrolled in the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI and the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD)
19 TAC §89.1040(c)(3)
Commissioner’s rule related to eligibility for students who are deaf or hard of hearing to be served in special education programs
19 TAC §89.1050(c)(4)
Commissioner’s rule related to Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee membership when considering students with suspected or documented hearing loss
19 TAC §89.1080
Commissioner’s rule related to eligibility for consideration to attend the RDSPD
19 TAC §89.1085
Commissioner’s rule related to referral for TSBVI and TSD services
19 TAC §89.1090
Commissioner’s rule related to transportation of students placed in residential settings, including TSD
19 TAC §89.1131(d)
Commissioner’s rule related to provision of interpreting services to students who are deaf
A Comprehensive Statewide Plan for Educational Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (State DHH Plan)
The Texas State Plan for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (State DHH Plan) is intended to be a tool for use in identifying needs, setting priorities, and guiding the development and provision of services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
State Performance Plan (SPP)
The SPP contains 20 performance and compliance indicators related to the implementation of IDEA. These 20 indicators are aligned to five monitoring priorities set by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (USDE/OSEP). The five monitoring priorities are: (1) Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment, (2) Disproportionality, (3) Child Find, (4) Effective Transition, and (5) General Supervision.
Auditory and/or Visual Impairments Memorandum of Understanding
The purposes of the AI/VI MOU is to define roles and responsibilities between the DARS Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECI) and the TEA within the respective federal and state mandates; enhance interagency collaboration and relationships; and coordinate an effective system of activities, policies and procedures between the TEA and the ECI which guide and support the development and implementation of services to infants and toddlers, birth through two, who have auditory and/or visual impairments. For additional information regarding this MOU, refer the the frequently asked questions document.
Interpreter Certification Guidance
Guidance regarding federal requirements for certification of interpreters
Critical Mass Guidance for Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf
Guidance regarding the importance of service students in programs where there is a critical mass of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
RDSPD Shared Services Arrangements (SSA) Procedures
Procedures for RDSPD Shares Services Arrangements
The Texas School for the Deaf
The Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) is a statewide resource to parents of these children and professionals who serve them.
Education Service Center (ESC) Statewide Leadership for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)
Guidance related to Access to the General Curriculum for Students who are DHH is provided by ESC Region 20.
Guidance related to Communication Access for Students who are DHH is provided by ESC Region XI. The ESC/RDSPD Directory provided here.
Guidance related to Early Childhood and Preschool Services to Students who are DHH is provided by ESC Region 10.
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS)
The DARS, Division for Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) works in partnership with people who are deaf or hard of hearing to eliminate societal and communication barriers to improve equal access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DHHS advocates for people of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing to enable them to express their freedoms, participate in society to their individual potential, and reduce their isolation regardless of location, socioeconomic status, or degree of disability.
DARS Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECI)
ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services.
The National Agenda: Moving Forward on Achieving Educational Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (National Agenda)
The National Agenda document brings forward a set of priorities stated as goals that are designed to bring about significant improvement in quality and nature of educational services and programs for deaf and hard of hearing students. It is brought forward as an “agenda” or a list of things to be done in order to close the achievement gap that exists for our students. It was our belief that having an “agenda” would keep us focused on our priorities. Key to all the recommendations is the belief that communication access is a fundamental human right and that every deaf and hard of hearing child must have full access to all educational services.
The National Deaf Education Project (NDEP)
The NDEP is an historic coalition of parent, consumer, professional, and advocacy organizations involved in the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, are working to develop an effective, communication- and language-driven educational delivery system.
Deaf Education (aka DeafEd.net)
A deaf education site sponsored in part by the Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Technical Assistance and Training
Education Service Centers
Education Service Center Contacts for services to students who are DHH
Division of Federal and State Education Policy
1701 North Congress Avenue | Austin, Texas 78701-1494
Telephone: 512.463.9414 | Fax: 512.463.9560