Resources

These resources are here to help you make informed decisions.

Professional Associations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: www.asha.org

American Academy of Audiology: www.audiology.org

Educational Audiology Association: www.edaud.org


Pertinent Regulations

"Communication access is a key component of 504, IDEA and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A November 2014 policy guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice clarified that, under Title II of the ADA, schools are required to ensure that students with disabilities receive communication with others through the provision of appropriate auxiliary aids and services. In other words, they are responsible for ensuring that communication access is as effective for children with hearing loss as it is for their typically hearing peers. Hearing loss is invisible and the impact is often mistaken for a learning disorder rather than performance issues secondary to decreased access to communication. "(Karen Anderson, 2015. Journal Link).

Educational Audiology Services under IDEA: Link: EAA Advocacy Series: IDEA

Educational Audiology Services under 504: Link: EAA Advocacy Series: 504

Audiology Service Provision Guidelines in and for Schools: Link: ASHA School Working Group

Contracted Audiology Service Guidelines

Audiology services may be provided by LEAs through contractual agreements with a variety of sources, including for-profit and nonprofit private practitioners, clinics, medical facilities, university training programs, and/or public agencies. Contracts should specify the exact nature of the services to be provided, the names and credentials of the service providers, and timelines and the nature of and requirements for data collection, reporting, consultation, referral, and follow up. Contracts should also include provisions for collaborating with and providing recommendations for/to LEA-based audiologists and other appropriate LEA/SEA personnel and teams. The LEA is responsible for service coordination and seamless delivery of comprehensive audiology services to the school population. This includes not only assessment and technology recommendations, but also services that must be delivered on site (e.g., teacher consultation, direct and indirect intervention services, instruction, measurement of classroom acoustics). The LEA may contract for all audiology services or only those it does not or cannot provide directly. Equipment, supplies, and materials are typically obtained and maintained by the service provider identified in the contract. Contractual audiologists should be ASHA-certified and credentialed according to state certification and/or licensing requirements.( https://www.asha.org/policy/GL2002-00005/#sec1.7.1)


Infographic: NASDSE Educational Service Guidelines for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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