Each candidate will be able to identify the characteristics of students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing who also exhibit one or more of any of the disability categories identified in IDEA (e.g., specific learning disability, visual impairment, emotional disturbance, and autism spectrum disorder) that are associated with hearing loss and significant enough to require considerations of specialized adaptations and/or modifications in the learning process.
Characteristics of students who have disabilities as identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) are presented in CDDS 114 for each IDEA disability category, as well as assessments, academic supports for infants and toddlers, preschool age, elementary, secondary, and transitions to adult programs, where appropriate. Assessment of students who are deaf and hard of hearing, including those with additional characteristics associated with other disability categories, is the focus of the assessments course, CDDS 255. Accommodation of students needing additional learning supports in Early Interventions programs is discussed in the CDDS 201 course. Academic accommodations in a preschool or school age students is infused in the course content in the seminars for speech and language, CDDS 263 Seminar: Language and CDDS 262 Seminar: Speech. Candidates will address diversity in language learning with differentiated instruction based on language acquisition utilizing the Cummins Model. Language learning for students with special needs is also addressed in CDDS 263.