AUDITORY IMPAIRMENT  
 
Authorities:  20 U.S.C. § 1414; 34 C.F.R. Part 300; Texas Education Code; 19 T.A.C. Chapter 89
 
 
 
FEDERAL AND STATE REQUIREMENTS CITATIONS
D The child must be assessed in all areas of suspected disability. 300.304(c)(4)

P The local educational agency (LEA) must comply with the EVALUATION PROCEDURES framework.

P In Texas, the group of qualified professionals that determines whether the child is a child with a disability and the educational needs of the child is the child's ADMISSION, REVIEW, AND DISMISSAL COMMITTEE. 89.1040(b)
89.1050(a)(5)

P For the child from birth through two years of age with an auditory impairment, an individualized family service plan meeting must be held in place of an admission, review, and dismissal committee meeting and the LEA must comply with the AGES 0-5 framework. 89.1050(b)

P The terms auditory impairment, hearing impairment, and hard of hearing are all referred to in Texas law and have the same meaning while federal law generally uses the term hearing impairment. 300.8(c)(3)
300.8(c)(5)
89.1040(c)(3)

EVALUATION PROCEDURES


P

The procedures and materials used for the assessment and placement of the child who is deaf or hard of hearing must be in the child's preferred mode of communication.

TEC 29.310(c)

D The evaluation data reviewed by the group of qualified professionals in connection with the determination of the child's disability based on an auditory impairment must include: 89.1040(c)(3)

D
  • An otological examination performed by an otolaryngologist, or by a licensed medical doctor with documentation that an otolaryngologist is not reasonably available;
89.1040(c)(3)

D
  • An audiological evaluation performed by a licensed audiologist;
89.1040(c)(3)

D
  • A description of the implications of the hearing loss in a variety of circumstances with or without recommended amplification; and
89.1040(c)(3)

D
  • An assessment of the child's potential for communications through a variety of means, including:
TEC 30.083(a)(6)

D
    • Oral (spoken) and aural (hearing) means;
TEC 30.083(a)(6)

D
    • Fingerspelling; or
TEC 30.083(a)(6)

D
    • Sign language.
TEC 30.083(a)(6)

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


D
A child with an auditory impairment is one who has been determined to meet the criteria for deafness or for hearing impairment.
89.1040(c)(3)
300.8(c)(3)
300.8(c)(5)

D Deafness means a hearing impairment that is so severe that the child is impaired with processing linguistic information through hearing, with or without amplification, that adversely affects the child's educational performance. 300.8(c)(3)

D Hearing impairment means an impairment in hearing, whether permanent or fluctuating, that adversely affects the child's educational performance but that is not included under the definition of deafness. 300.8(c)(5)

 
 
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 29, 2015