Deaf and Hard of Hearing Integration
The co-enrollment program at Miles integrates Deaf, hard of hearing students, and hearing students in a public school setting. Each classroom has a general education teacher and a teacher of the Deaf and hard of hearing who work together to teach all the students. The Deaf and hard of hearing students and the hearing students are educated together, following the general education curriculum. Modifications are made for students with a hearing loss, depending on individual needs. Each classroom is a multi-age class, spanning 3 grade levels: Room 1 is a K-1st-2nd, Room 2 is a 1st-2nd-3rd, and Room 5 is a 3rd-4th-5th. Services for Deaf and hard of hearing students at Miles continue through 8th grade.
Each class is staffed with 2 teachers, and 2 interpreters. All three classrooms share one instructional aide. The classroom is equipped with a sound field system that amplifies the speaker’s voice for all students through a speaker system. Deaf and hard of hearing students also wear individual FM units with their hearing aids. All instruction is provided in spoken English and sign language.
Miles offers all related services based on each student’s needs and documented on the IEP. We offer speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adaptive P.E., audiology, and support for ELLs (English Language Learners.) Many of our service providers sign and our speech therapist is also a certified teacher of D/HH students and is fluent in sign.
Miles is able to offer music, art and P.E. instruction for all students. We also offer after school enrichment classes in a variety of areas including gardening, dance, ASL, arts and crafts, etc.