School Consultant Services
There are over 600 students with hearing loss in Vermont’s public schools. To best help each of them reach his or her fullest potential, VCDHH offers the school consultative services. The Vermont Agency of Education provides funding to support these services. This essential program provides an array of consultation services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students enrolled in Vermont public schools. The services, available from birth through age 21, are provided by a Teacher of the Deaf, Educational Audiologist and/or Speech, Language Pathologist all with specialized training and expertise working with students with hearing loss.
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In addition to helping students overcome the academic challenges a hearing loss may impose, the Consultant Program works with students to address the personal and social isolation they may feel. Every year, the program sponsors Adventure Day, a field day event for students in grades 4-12 that provides the students with the opportunity to meet and mingle with peers who are also deaf or hard of hearing. In addition to addressing social isolation, the day gives the participants the opportunity to participate in educational discussions regarding technology and academic strategies. They work together in classroom simulations, real and exaggerated, to help identify and promote self-advocacy strategies, and during the day, the students meet and interact with adult role models who have faced similar challenges.