Deaf & Hard of HearingProvides technical assistance to and monitoring of local educational agency (LEA) operated programs serving deaf and hard of hearing pupils.
Senate Bill 210 (Galgiani) Committee
Purpose and Background:
Senate Bill (SB) 210 (Galgiani) requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to select language developmental milestones from existing standardized norms and develop a resource for use by parents of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (birth-five). The bill further requires the CDE to select existing tools or assessments that educators can use to assess the language and literacy development of young children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. These tools are to be used, in addition to the assessment required by federal law, to track the linguistic development of young children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
The first meeting of the SB 210 (Galgiani) Committee will be Thursday, September 29, 2016.
September 29, 2016, Senate Bill 210 (Galgiani) Committee Agenda (New 16-Sep-2016)
Early Start Referral Form (PDF)
This form can be used by audiologists to refer infants and toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to Early Start.
Resource Guide for Parents of Infants and Toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Summary Version (PDF; Posted 07-Aug-2013)
This summary of the Resource Guide for Parents of Infants and Toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing provides a brief introduction to the complete Resource Guide. The Resource Guide contains comprehensive information from the parents' perspective about the languages, communication tools, and educational approaches used in Deaf Education. For more in-depth information, the Resource Guide refers readers to the following links:
- Signing Exact English
- Cued Speech
- Bilingual/Bicultural approach (PDF)
- Listening and Spoken Language approach
- Total Communication approach
Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language (Posted 22-Mar-2011)
A 13-minute, research-based film that describes the positive developmental and social benefits of learning and using American Sign Language for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- English captions - High speed
- English captions - Medium speed
- Spanish captions - High speed
- Spanish captions - Medium speed
Outreach for more information, and to connect to parents to resources in their area:
- California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Serving Northern California
- California School for the Deaf in Riverside, Serving Southern California
- California Department of Health Care Services
Position Statement on Access to Language for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing | PDF (Posted 02-May-2013)
In support of California Education Code 56000.5, the Deaf Child's Bill of Rights, this document provides clarification for the CDEs position supporting the right of children to have access to a complete language, visual or spoken, as appropriate, from birth.
Deaf teens who have a range of hearing levels including some cochlear implants share their personal stories from different places across Southern California. Students are interviewed by the California School for the Deaf / California Deaf Education Resource Center – Southern Campus about Deafhood, family, communication, education, wishes, goals and advice.
Thriving With Your Baby
Research proves Deaf babies gain significant COGNITIVE, SOCIAL, and ACADEMIC benefits from an early foundation of American Sign Language. Building blocks toward lifelong learning.
Educational Interpreter Regulations (Posted 11-June-2008)
Revised regulations to ensure that interpreters for pupils who are deaf or hard of hearing meet state-approved or state-recognized requirements for certification, licensing and registration or other comparable requirements.
Assembly Bill 1836
The Deaf Children's Bill of Rights
Programs for Deaf and Hard
of Hearing Students - Guidelines for Quality Standards (PDF;
2000 guidelines specifically intended to assist parents and educators in providing children who are deaf or hard of hearing with an education that is rich in communication.
Communication Access and Quality
Education for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Children (PDF)
1999 Report of the California Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Education Advisory Task Force
A program is to empower parents of deaf and hard of hearing infants and toddlers.
Hands & Voices
Supports families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.
California Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Dedicated to the pursuit of educational excellence for Deaf and hard of hearing children.