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The Technical Assistance Center
for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Overview:

The Technical Assistance Center for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to provide training and technical assistance in the area of hearing impairment and deafness. Assistance is available to local public school systems as well as early intervention and preschool programs through the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VNOC) in areas such as: identification, assessment (educational, psychological), communication competency of students, educators and interpreters in the spectrum of modalities (auditory-verbal, bilingual-bicultural, American Sign Language, etc.), auditory-oral needs of students with cochlear implants, instructional strategies and amplification.

Major Activities:

  • Management and coordination of consultations carried out by the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Working with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VNOC)
  • Regional trainings in See-the Sound Visual Phonics©, as well as awareness, intermediate and tailored professional development in the area of hearing impairment and deafness
  • Coordination of annual professional development in auditory-aural strategies for teaching students who are deaf/hard of hearing and communicate through listening and spoken language
  • Revision and annual update of Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) Guidelines for Working with Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Virginia Public Schools
  • Coordination of the annual statewide conference on education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Collaboration on Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Priority Projects

Project Staff and Contact Information
Deana Buck Principal Investigator (804) 827-0198 dmbuck@vcu.edu
Ann Hughes Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (804) 828-1342 awhughes@vcu.edu
Kristen Stahr Program Assistant (804) 828-9920 khstahr@vcu.edu

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