Department of Education’s Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a member of interdisciplinary educational teams, and provide a range of services (i.e., consultation, assessment, programming, training, community liaison, etc.) to support students within the educational setting.
The role of the teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Yukon schools includes:
Providing indirect service to schools by sharing information regarding:
type, use and troubleshooting of amplification devices (hearing aids, personal and classroom amplification systems)
teaching strategies/accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Offering awareness workshops and classroom presentations regarding hearing loss and its implications.
Consulting with parents, principals, teachers and resource/support personnel regarding programming needs and student support.
Assisting with the development of the Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Student Learning Plans (StLPs) and Behaviour Support Plans (BSP).
Providing information on sign systems (e.g. American Sign Language, Signed English) and in-services related to sign language.
Providing consultation regarding individualized programming to enhance auditory, academic, sign and/or oral language skills.
Provides consultation and referrals for hearing screenings, and hearing evaluations.
Upon request from a school and with consent of the parent, hearing screenings can be provided for students.
BC Hands and Voices : a parent-driven non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Family Network for Deaf Children : a parent run, non-profit, charitable organization supporting families with children & youth who are deaf and hard of hearing that use sign language or are interested in learning sign language.