Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Madison Metropolitan School District who meet criteria for Hearing Impairment established in PI 11.36 in the Wisconsin Administrative Code may receive services of a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing directly at a center-based program or indirectly in their home school from an itinerant teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Center-based schools in the MMSD are Glendale Elementary, Sennett Middle, and LaFollette High. These schools provide opportunities for direct communication with and instruction by teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing who are proficient in sign language. These schools also provide a learning community of students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing that provide communication and interaction with peers that use sign language. Services from teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing are typically direct and are delivered in a variety of school settings. Educational sign language interpreters support communication access in academic, non-academic, and extracurricular environments. Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and reside outside of the attendance areas of Glendale, Sennett, or LaFollette may be placed at these schools through the IEP process to address specific needs in the areas of: communication accessibility, language acquisition, participation, social-emotional development, and academic achievement.
Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing may attend their neighborhood school. In this placement, they have a building-based case manager and may receive services from an itinerant teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. A student who is Deaf and Hard of Hearing that attends his/her neighborhood school may also use the services of a sign language interpreter to access information presented in the classroom, a speech and language therapist to increase communication skills, and other services as documented in the IEP.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Contacts:
Scott Zimmerman, Assistant Special Education Director for Deaf & Hard of Hearing