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Communication Planning Guide for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Overview | The Communication Plan


“It is essential that hard-of-hearing and deaf children, like all children, have an education in which their unique communication mode is respected, utilized, and developed to an appropriate level of proficiency.”

– Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights Act

The Communication Plan is the core of this Guide and is organized into five sections for teams. Careful consideration of each aspect of this tool will allow teams to feel confident as they plan for successful and meaningful communication access for students in the educational setting. Here’s how the sections are divided:

  • Section 1: Language and Communication Modality
  • Section 2: Auxiliary Aids and Services
  • Section 3: Expanded Support Services
  • Section 4: Continuous Communication Access
  • Section 5: Least Restrictive Environment and Placement Services

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