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





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Communication and language are the foundations of learning. Students in an educational setting who are deaf/hard of hearing access communication in a variety of ways. It is important for teams, including students and families, to gather and share strengths and challenges related to a student’s language, communication, and access.

The Communication Planning Guide for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is intended to help teams facilitate meaningful discussion and planning as they embark on the decision making process to develop an individualized communication plan for students.

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