Our Mission

The IESDB Vision

Education, Communication, and Independence for Life.

IESDB provides a continuum of educational opportunities designed to meet the needs of children, families, and our state-wide service delivery partners.

About

Our program has two options to provide a language rich environment which is guided by the child’s natural communication preference and the multidisciplinary team. The IESDB Outreach Program has a Total Communication Program and a Listening and Spoken Language Program (also known as the Auditory Oral Program).

The classroom instruction is based on developmentally appropriate children’s literature. The books also align with developmental language milestones. The curriculum is specially designed for deaf and hard of hearing children. The goal is to promote language in a fun, engaging, active way to learn so that children can succeed in their future socially, emotionally, and academically.

Programs

Total Communication Program
The Total Communication Program uses multiple modes of communication to teach your child. The use of American Sign Language (ASL), English, and visual aids provides an opportunity to develop their foundation in language. This allows children to develop language! Children in this class are in a small group with peers who use the Total Communication approach to learn language and communicate.
Listening and Spoken Language
The Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Program is also a small group, language rich environment that uses spoken English to listen, express, and learn. Visual aids are also provided in this classroom to allow children the hands on experiences needed to support their auditory comprehension and learning. This also allows for many opportunities to put their spontaneous language to use!
Who Qualifies?
Any child ages 3-5 who qualifies as Deaf or Hearing Impaired under the guidelines of the Special Education Manual in the State of Idaho. Eligibility categories from the manual are below:
Deaf or Hard of Hearing Definition:
Deaf or Hard of Hearing means a child with a hearing loss, whether permanent or fluctuating, that impairs the access, comprehension, and/or use of linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, and that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
Criteria for Deaf or Hard of Hearing
An evaluation team will determine that a student is eligible for special education services as a student who is deaf when all of the following criteria are met:

  • An evaluation that meets the procedures outlined in Section 5 of this chapter has been conducted.
  • The student exhibits a hearing loss that hinders his or her ability to access, comprehend, and/or use linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification.
  • The student has been diagnosed by an audiologist as having a hearing loss.
  • The student’s condition adversely affects educational performance.
  • The student needs specially designed instruction.
Deaf or Hard of Hearing Impairment Definition
Deaf or Hard of Hearing means a child with a hearing loss, whether permanent or fluctuating, that impairs the access, comprehension, and/or use of linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, and that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. State Eligibility Criteria for Deaf or Hard of Hearing: An evaluation team will determine that a student is eligible for special education services as a student with a hearing impairment when all of the following criteria are met:

  • An evaluation that meets the procedures outlined in Section 5 of this chapter has been conducted (see appendix).
  • The student exhibits a hearing loss that hinders his or her ability to access, comprehend, and/or use linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification.
  • he student has been diagnosed by an audiologist as having a hearing loss.
  • The student’s condition adversely affects educational performance.5. The student needs specially designed instruction
  • The student needs specially designed instruction.
Criteria for the IESDB Supplemental Preschool in Meridian
  • The IEP team has determined the child’s primary eligibility category is hearing impaired or deaf
  • As defined by the US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) 2004, primary disability is the disability condition that best describes an IDEA eligible student’s impairment; the impairment is most disabling.
  • The IEP team determines the child’s hearing loss is adversely affecting his/her educational performance.
  • The IEP team has determined that the child’s primary need for direct instruction is in language development.
  • A current audiogram documenting hearing loss
Evaluation and Eligibility Determination Procedures
Areas to Assess:

The student shall be assessed in all areas related to the suspected disability, which includes functional, developmental, and academic skills needed to participate and progress in the general education curriculum. If needed, qualified personnel shall conduct an individual assessment of assistive technology needs, including a functional evaluation in the individual’s customary environment. The evaluation of each student with a disability shall be sufficiently comprehensive to identify all of the student’s special education and related service needs, whether or not commonly linked to the disability category in which the student may be classified. If secondary transition services are needed, appropriate transition assessments shall be conducted.

Evaluation teams shall be especially mindful of cultural and linguistic differences during the evaluation and eligibility process. Caution is advised in the selection of informal or formal assessments that are non-biased, administration of assessments, interpretation, and application of outcomes in order to appropriately identify culturally or linguistically diverse students for special education services.

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