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The University of Texas at Dallas

Deaf Education Program

The UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders provides educational programs, in collaboration with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and Dallas Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD), for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Programs include an early intervention program for infants and toddlers and a preschool for children ages three to five years. 

Enrollment in these programs is through the Dallas RDSPD and follows the federal and state guidelines of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004.   

Early Intervention Program After School Program
Preschool Program Dallas Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

Early Intervention Program

Dallas RDSPD early intervention services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing are a part of a comprehensive, statewide system of early intervention services for children birth to age 3 who have a hearing loss. Services are provided collaboratively by local early childhood intervention (ECI) programs and local deaf education programs. Where you live determines which local ECI and which deaf education early intervention program serves your area.

Deaf education early intervention (EI) services are determined by an Individual Family Service Plan developed by the family and a team of professionals. Deaf education EI services are provided by a Parent Advisor, who is a certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. 

Parent advisors may:

  • Provide resources to answer questions about early childhood hearing loss and communication.
  • Show families how to care for hearing aids or cochlear implants.
  • Assist families in developing successful communication strategies to encourage language development. 

Most services are provided in the family’s home or in other natural settings.

Additional information about early intervention services for infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing are available through the following resources:

Texas Connect Family Resource Guide: Navigating the Texas Early Intervention System

Texas Connect Family Resource Guide, Topic Card 10: Early Intervention Services in Texas  

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

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Preschool Program

The Callier Child Development Program is one preschool placement option for the Dallas Regional Day School Program for the Deaf. All placement decisions are made following a full individual assessment and upon recommendation of an Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee which includes the family and a team of professionals. 

The Callier Child Development Program’s goals and curriculum provide the basic educational framework for students enrolled through the deaf education program. Each child has additional goals and objectives selected to meet individual learning needs.  Support services may include audiology, individual speech-language therapy and other services determined through the ARD process. 

Classes are team taught by a deaf educator and an early childhood teacher and include children who are hearing and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Some classes use auditory/oral communication (listening and spoken language) and other classes use total communication (listening, spoken language and sign language).   

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After School Program

Deaf education students currently enrolled in the Callier Child Development Program may request an application for the after school care program. 

The after school program is not part of the DISD public school placement. It is offered as a tuition-based option for families who need after school care.

DISD bus transportation is not provided for after school care; families provide their own afternoon transportation. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

For more information, contact the Callier Preschool Office

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Regional Day School Program for the Deaf
The Dallas Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) provides services to students who have educationally significant hearing loss ranging from mild to profound. The program serves the Dallas Independent School District as well as surrounding school districts that have shared service arrangements with the Dallas program.

Educational plans for individual students are developed following a full assessment and through an Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) meeting that includes families and education professionals. 

The Dallas RDSPD provides a continuum of student support for children who are deaf or hard of hearing based on individual need and may include:

Instructional support from a certified teacher of the deaf

  • Early intervention – students birth to age three and their families are served, in collaboration with Early Childhood Intervention ECI), in the home or other natural setting when determined by an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  • Home campus – traveling teachers work with students one or more times per week in schools in Dallas and shared service districts.
  • Cluster campus – students are in classes with their age appropriate peers with support from a deaf education co-teacher on one of seven designated campuses.  These sites are:  Callier Center, Herbert Marcus Elementary, Robert E. Lee Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, Sudie L. Williams Elementary, J. L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School.

Communication support

  • A variety of communication methodologies including auditory oral and total communication
  • Individualized speech, language, listening therapy and instruction
  • Sign language interpreting

Audiological support

  • Assessment to meet programmatic needs
  • Technical assistance to maintain student amplification and cochlear implants
  • Assistive listening devices when recommended by an audiologist

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