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Program for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) collaborate with each of the 12 component school districts in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties and the LBL Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) program to ensure that all students with a qualifying hearing loss from birth through high school graduation receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). DHH Teachers are licensed teachers with master’s degrees in deaf education. These teachers work with assigned school districts in a direct and/or consultative model. DHH EI/ECSE services for children birth through age 5 are provided in the home, day care or preschool setting.


Assessment & Evaluation
Teachers assist school districts with evaluations of language, communication and social skills, the need for assistive technology and the acoustic environment of classrooms.

Direct Instruction
Children eligible for services may receive direct instruction in the following areas from regional specialists:

  • Language and Vocabulary
  • Sign language
  • Listening Skills
  • Audiological information and management
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Classroom content support
  • Transition training

Teachers support school staff and families in the following areas:

  • Inservice training on hearing loss and assistive devices
  • Assess listening and learning environment
  • Annual goal development
  • Curriculum adaptation
  • Accommodations related to hearing levels
  • Interpreter & Notetaker use
  • Technology use
  • Transition issues

Program Planning
Teachers collaborate with the school staff in the development, implementation and monitoring of student programs.

Equipment Loan
Deaf and Hard of Hearing staff may loan FM systems and other assistive listening devices to classrooms or schools on a year-by-year basis.


The Oregon Administrative Rules (OARS) describe guidelines to determine eligibility for this program.

Refer a Child for an Evaluation

Cascade Regional Services are accessed through the local early intervention unit or educational agency where the child attends school.

How to refer a child

Cascade Regional Program – Contact

Program Administrator:
Cindy Madden

Admin. Assistant:
Lisa Schoen