Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program (DHHS)

DDHS Program at BOCES 2

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At Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, the purpose of our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) program is to support a student's academic success, develop/improve their language and communication skills, promote a positive self-concept and appropriate social skills and assist them with vocational preparation and/or post-secondary education transition.

Who Provides the Service?

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Our DHHS professionals may include:

  • Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TOD)
    TODs are NYS certified specialists for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. As itinerant teachers, TODs focus on academic achievement and the supports needed for that achievement. Service may be provided directly to the student or as a consult to the student’s educational team. Service may be provided in a pull-out, individual basis, or as push-in, supporting the student and classroom teacher during regular class instruction.
  • Interpreter/Transliterator
    Interpreters/Transliterators facilitate communication between the student and his/her environment, in or out of the classroom. Depending on the student's preferred mode of communication, this may include American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting, English sign system transliterating, cued speech transliterating or oral transliterating.
  • Notetaker
    Notetakers provide equal access to auditory information available to all students by transcribing written notes for the student.

Who Gets the Service?

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Students who are deaf or hard of hearing can qualify for any or all of the services listed above based on individual needs within their school program. Assessment can be completed by a Teacher of the Deaf who can assist children’s school teams and Committees on Special Education to determine what types and levels of service will best meet a student’s needs.  

For More Information

Katie Carmina  
160 Wallace Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (585) 617-2300 x1053  
Fax: (585) 617-2796
[email protected]

Links to DDHS Resources

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Support Groups/General Information

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