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Deaf & Hearing Impaired

Serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing in Lane County

Lane Regional Program teachers work with students, parents, school staff and other community agencies to help provide accessible education for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Lane County.

Our Beliefs:

  • Lane Regional Program accepts and values all forms of communication.
  • Lane Regional Program nurtures and respects the individuality and personal strengths of each student and recognizes self-esteem as being equally important as academic achievement.
  • All people invested in a student’s education share in the responsibility for addressing the needs of the student.

Direct Instruction centers around the unique communication needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and their development of language. This augments the instruction of regular classroom teachers. It may include:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Written language
  • Vocabulary and concept development
  • Speech and auditory training
  • Sign language
  • Self-advocacy training
  • Transition to community life/college

Technical assistance and consultation to students and staff might include use of:

  • Hearing aids
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Captioning
  • Augmentative communication
  • Alerting devices
  • Problem-solving accessibility and accommodation concerns


Students who use sign language are provided access to classroom instruction and school activities through the use of an interpreter. The Lane Regional Program’s interpreter coordinator works with districts and the program administrator to hire, schedule, evaluate interpreter skill levels, and provide in-services for interpreters. Information is provided for students, families and staff regarding interpreter services, their roles and professional ethics. For more information about interpreter services, please email the interpreter coordinator at thomas_de@4j.lane.edu.

Eligibility criteria for special education as a student with hearing impairment is stated in the Oregon Administrative Rules. The Regional Program will provide service to students who meet both the medical and educational need criteria. The school team makes eligibility determination after looking at the audio logical and medical reports as well as assessments done by the resident school district and the Lane Regional Program teacher.