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    Services for the Hearing Impaired
    The Alvin ISD participates in a cooperative for the hearing impaired through the Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired (GBCHI) that services students with hearing impairments who reside in Alvin ISD.  Students with hearing impairments have unique learning needs that must be addressed if they are going to access the general education curriculum and become independent adults.  Certified Teachers of the Hearing Impaired are critical to the academic and social success for students with hearing impairments
    Alvin ISD, in partnership with GBCHI, provides a continuum of services for students with a variety of needs related to a student's hearing loss.  All services are determined by the ARD Committee and are based on the student's individual need.  The following are examples of the different services offered:
    Itinerant Services - Certified deaf education teachers provide direct services to students in Alvin ISD at the child's home campus.  Teachers concentrate on the development of language, communication skills, and self-concept so that each child makes progress in their educational setting.
    Indirect Services -  Certified deaf education teachers and/or audiological staff provide indirect services on behalf of hearing impaired students that includes but is not limited to: consultation with teachers/staff, instructional support and accommodations, assistive technology support, parent support, monitoring of IEP progress.
    Regional Day School for the Deaf (RDSD) - This is a site based program where students who need intensive instruction (especially in communication) and smaller class sizes that provide access to total communication would attend an off-site campus on a daily basis. GBCHI site based programs are currently offered in Clear Creek ISD at Hall Elementary, Creekside Intermediate, and Clear Springs High School.
    Parent/Infant Services - Services are provided to infants from birth to three years of age by certified deaf education teachers in cooperation with GBCHI and BACH ECI.  Teachers focus on early and intensive auditory stimulation to facilitate growth of auditory, language, and speech skills along normal developmental lines.
    Audiological Services - These include audiological testing, routine hearing aid maintenance, earmold impressions and fitting, provision of assistive listening devices, and failed hearing screening follow-ups.
    For additional information on the provision of services to students with hearing impairments, please contact:
    Yvette Hoisington
    Certified Teacher for the Hearing Impaired
    Additional Resources:
    Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for Hearing Impaired (GBCHI)
    (281) 284-0350
    Texas School for The Deaf (TSD)
    (512) 462-5353
    Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
    (800) 252-5204