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Unlocking the Foundations of Reading for Learners Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing - Module 1: Setting the Stage

Staying up to date on reading research while meeting and assessing the literacy needs of learners who are deaf or hard of hearing can be a juggling act. This module series is designed to provide educators and practitioners with what they need to implement best practices and provide access to reading instruction for each deaf or hard of hearing learner they serve.

This module is the first in the series and will set the stage for the learning to come.

This module is brought to you by The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI in partnership with The Teaching Diverse Learners Center and The American Printing House for the Blind (APH).

Learning Objectives:

  • define presumed competence and identify how it is presented in conversations about learners.
  • explain three learner profiles of deaf and hard of hearing students
  • describe the layers of instructional planning.
  • name the key components to comprehensive and equitable literacy instruction.
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour


  • Angelica Gagliardi, M.Ed., Outreach Specialist, The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI
  • Shawna Benson, M.Ed., Program Director, Teaching Diverse Learners Center at OCALI
  • Stacey Tucci, Ph.D., Language and Literacy Director, Georgia Dept of Ed, State Schools Division

Various organizations have approved modules and webinars in the Learning Hub for continuing education credit.


Table of Contents

Locked Pre-Assessment Locked Introduction Locked Presumed Competence and Learner Profiles Locked Planning for Our Learners Locked Access to Equitable Education Locked References and Resources Locked Post-Assessment Locked Survey