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New concern arises from:

  1. Full Independent Evaluation processor or
  2. Expressed concern by staff or
  3. Teacher

Step 1

The school nurse conducts hearing screening. Was the concern about the hearing loss validated by the hearing screening?


Staff requests ARD and collects information:

  1. ARDPreparationListWhenHearingLossisSuspected(AppendixB-2)
  2. TeamconductsInformalAuditorySkillsInventory(AppendixC-2).
  3. TeacherofDeaf&HardofHearingiscontacted(TEAQ&A–AppendixE)

If NO:

Hearing loss is ruled out. No additional information is needed at this time.

Step 2

At ARD to consider new assessment:

  1. Team discusses the need for audiological and communication
  2. Team develops Audiological Testing Plan with support from the TD&HH
  3. Obtain parents’ permission for the additional assessment.
  4. TVI collaborates with the TD&HH to complete the communication assessment making sure to address the impact of the vision loss on the child’s access to their preferred communication form and amends the FVE/LMA as needed. Reference these articles:
  • Issues Regarding the Assessment of Vision Loss in Regards to Sign Language, Fingerspelling, Speechreading and Cued Speech
  • Making Sure the LMA, FVE and Communication Assessments Address Dual Sensory Loss

Step 3

All assessment is completed. ARD committee receives all results.


The ARD Committee:

  1. Considers educational need and deafblind eligibility. (Deafblind Checklist). Questions about identifying the student as deafblind should be directed to Regional Deafblind Specialist or to the Texas Deafblind Project.
  2. Amends related services, accommodations, adaptations and modifications as needed (see Documenting Adaptations, Accommodations, Modifications, and Related Services in the IEP for the Student with Deaf-Blindness)
  3. Amends IEP goals and objectives as needed. (Reference the IEP Quality Indicators for Students with Deafblindness)
  4. Paperwork is completed by designated school to add student to Texas Deafblind Child Count and submitted to Regional Deafblind Specialist.

If NO:

Hearing loss is ruled out. If there is still concern, the audiologist will make a referral for medical follow-up and/or consider testing for CAPD.  Otherwise, no additional information is needed at this time, but results must be reported back to ARD committee.