Service Delivery Tools

These tools can be used to guide discussions regarding the unique needs of students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).

Educational Impact Matrix

This tool helps teams discuss student needs and possible support.

Assessment Resource Guide

This document offers lists of resources that can assist professionals in gathering data regarding students who are DHH. It is intended as a companion piece to the Educational Impact Matrix but can also be used on its own.

Secondary Transition Guide

This tool helps collect important data for discussing a student's transition needs.

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Planning Guide

This tool helps teams discuss whether a young child is reaching appropriate benchmarks.

Service Coordination Practice Guide for Children aged 0 to 3

This document from the Michigan Department of Community Health provides balanced but condensed information to assist a service coordinator in helping a family whose child with hearing loss is enrolled in Early On®.

Expanded Core Curriculum

Students who are DHH benefit from learning skills specific to their needs outside of the core curriculum. The state of Iowa developed documents to support an expanded core curriculum for students who are DHH. These documents include the Expanded Core Curriculum For Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (revised January 2013) and related sources.

Communication Needs

Interpreter Need

Deciding whether or not a student who is Hard of Hearing needs an interpreter for educational services is not always obvious. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction offers educational interpreter resources, including Student Need for an Interpreter [WORD], a worksheet designed to assist individualized education program (IEP) teams in their discussion related to communication access for students who are Hard of Hearing.

Communication Plans

Several states have developed tools to guide the review of a student's communication strengths and needs. These documents can be used to help teams decide what type of communication or language provides the fullest access to educational programs and services.