What is Milby's Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) offers a comprehensive program for children and young adults with hearing impairments. The program features total-communication and auditory-oral approaches to instruction. Total communication advocates the use of any means of communication that gives hearing impaired child the chance to develop competence with language.
Such means include speech, amplification, sign language, finger-spelling, speech-reading, gestures, and pantomime. The auditory-oral method involves amplification (hearing aids and FM systems), speech, and speech reading without the use of sign language or finger-spelling. These approaches to instruction can be addressed in a continuum of service delivery models. These service delivery models include:
- training parents of infants with hearing impairments
- consultative or direct services from an itinerant teacher of the deaf in general education or special education settings throughout the district.
- placement in a centralized self-contained program for the deaf
Who do I contact if I have questions about the Milby's Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
Coordinator, Milby Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing