Denton Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

  • Serving students with hearing impairments in Denton, Cooke, and Wise counties

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    The Denton Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) was established by Denton ISD and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in 1974 to provide services to students, ages birth to 21, who are eligible for special education services based on a hearing loss and educational need. These students reside in Denton, Cooke, or Wise County. We offer a variety of services to assist both students with hearing loss and their families. 

     

    Communication

     The Denton RDSPD stresses English acquisition for language development, listening skills, and oral speech development using a total communication approach.  In this communication approach, students may utilize some type of hearing technology, a signing system, gestures, and lip reading to communicate and receive instruction.

     The Denton RDSPD Communication Philosophy

     The Denton Regional Day School Program for the Deaf believes all students, birth through 21 years, should be given the skills to succeed by developing their ability to communicate proficiently within their home, school, and community.

     The areas we believe contribute to the success of our students include advocacy, literacy, communication, and developing proficiency in the English language.  

     Should you have any questions about the Denton RDSPD, please feel free to contact our office for further assistance (shensley@dentonisd.org).  We look forward to serving students with hearing loss and their families.

     

    Services and Supports

     The Denton RDSPD provides a full continuum of services based upon each child’s individual needs as determined by the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee. Services may include:

     Parent/Infant Advisor (0-3 year old) services are provided through a memorandum of understanding between Denton RDSPD and the Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI) that serves the location of your residence.  Please contact Early Childhood Intervention of North Central Texas (817-446-8000).  Once enrolled with ECI, the following services may be recommended and provided by our Parent/Infant Advisor - parent education and training and facilitation of early communication in the home.

    • Services are available for early childhood through high school (ages 3-21) in centralized classrooms on a regular education campus for students who need instruction by certified teachers of the deaf and/or access to interpreting services. The determination of instructional options will be determined by the ARD committee on an individual basis. Centralized campuses include Ann Windle School for Young Children, McNair Elementary, McMath Middle School, and Denton High School.
    • Itinerant teachers of the deaf provide support to students with hearing loss who are enrolled in general education or basic special education programs on their home 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 language for instructional and extracurricular activities. 
    • Additional supports and related services are available to students if recommended through evaluation and the ARD process.
    •  Note:  During a school closure for extended time away from school special education services will continue to be provided virtually as determined by the student's ARD committee.

    Eligibility for Services

     As a student with an auditory impairment (AI), a student (0-21 years old) must meet the following criteria:

    • Have a hearing loss 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
    • 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 otological examination
        • An audiological examination
        • A communication assessment addressing the implications of the hearing loss for the student’s hearing in a variety of circumstances.  

     

    Each campus has a Special Education Supervisor who will assist parents and answer specific questions regarding student programs or concerns.