PLEASE NOTE: ESC of Central Ohio offices are closed through at least July 26th. However, staff are prepared to serve you via email, phone, and/or videoconference. 
 
ESC of Central Ohio Central Office background check services reopened on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Background check and fingerprinting services are currently limited for educational personnel only, regardless of employer. This service is available by appointment only. Learn More

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program is designed to meet the unique needs of students identified with hearing losses ranging from moderate to profound. The program addresses various communication modalities including aural/oral, PSE (Pidgin Signed English) and ASL (American Sign Language) for elementary to high school aged students.

The ESC works collaboratively with district educators so that students with hearing impairments can participate in general education classes with specialized instruction and support provided by licensed teachers of the deaf who address each child’s unique learning needs. This support includes the implementation of Individualized Education Program goals, curricular modifications, accommodations and small group instruction as appropriate.

Services include an educational audiologist to maximize residual hearing and make classroom amplification recommendations on an individual basis. Speech and language pathology services are provided to develop and maximize speech and language with the use of residual hearing while supported by a full academic team. The team of highly qualified/licensed professionals also may include educational interpreters as well as a mental health specialist, and occupational and/or physical therapy services as needed.