Children who have a hearing impairment face serious obstacles to achieving academic success in both private and public schools. Hearing-impaired children may have difficulty getting access to instruction, developing language or in communicating, any of which requires specialized services and supports. They also may face instances of discrimination or harassment at school by peers along with the difficulty of a learning environment geared toward hearing students.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), public schools are obligated to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all students, including those with disabilities such as hearing impairment. This means that schools must identify students with qualifying disabilities and provide appropriate assistance and accommodation to allow them to reach their academic potential. The special education attorneys of KSLN are dedicated to serving families of children with disabilities and will help you ensure that your child’s educational experience is positive and productive.
Support for Hearing-Impaired Students
Once a child with a disability has been identified and evaluated by the school district, parents and educators work together to create and update an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This program details the services and assistance the school will provide to help your child succeed both academically and socially. For example, hearing-impaired students may need teachers to provide written instructions for assignments and tests. Some hearing-impaired students also benefit from speech and language therapy to improve their verbal communication skills. The special education attorneys of KSLN will assist you in preparing for IEP meetings and can even attend meetings with you to make certain that your concerns are respected and taken seriously.
Your child’s teachers and school administrators should be dedicated to implementing the IEP, but it is important for you as a parent to maintain good communication with teachers and administration to make sure the plan is followed. Speak with your child regularly about how he or she feels in the classroom environment and whether he or she is being adequately served. If you believe that your child’s IEP is not being implemented correctly or that your child’s needs are not being met, KSLN will help you be a strong advocate for your child in order to address your concerns.
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