Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Question from T.W., Texas

I need advice for an upcoming IEP. I am working as an Educational Interpreter for a HH 5th grader. She is mainstreamed in a school with no Deaf Ed program and no other Deaf/HH students. The school just doesn’t seem to have any idea what the student needs or should expect. They have asked me to sit in on the IEP, and bring suggestions. First, I will suggest that she receives copies of all class notes and also uses buddy notes. What else can I generically suggest to help this student? I would like to give them suggestions not only for her specifically, but for other students that may come along in the future.

Question from T.W., Texas. Posted November 7, 2012.
Response from Marc Marschark - NTID

Of course, different students have different needs, that’s why they are called Individualized Education Programs. But there are some general needs that are helpful for most deaf students. Search this site for ‘IEP’ and you will find issues and answers from others.