Hanover County Public Schools provide special education services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing beginning at birth and continuing to age 21. Children ages birth to three receive services from the Infant & Toddler Connection of Hanover, our early intervention program. Children ages three to 21 receive services in the school system.
Parents are encouraged to participate in the development process of the child’s annual Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and/or Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Educational services range from home visits in the early intervention program to itinerant services implemented in the neighborhood schools by a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing.
Teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing employ a variety of teaching techniques to meet the unique communication and technology needs of each child. These may include sign language, visual phonics, FM systems, note takers, closed captioning and auditory verbal strategies. In addition, Hanover County Public Schools has certified sign language interpreters on staff to meet the communication needs of students and parents.