Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Mission Statement:

The Regina Board of Education recognizes that the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are highly individualized as well as specialized. To this end, the following goals have been established as an integral part of the Board’s philosophy towards the education of this population:

To provide an educational setting that will allow each student access to programs that are commensurate with their needs;

To provide the appropriate means and opportunities for students to strive for and realize their potential;

To prepare the individual to function in the home, school, community and in the world of work through the development of communication, academic, and affective skills.

Thom Collegiate Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

The resource room program at Thom Collegiate has been designed to enhance integration and serves to provide deaf and hard of hearing students with assistance for academic subjects that are taught in regular classes. Resource room assistance is provided on an individual and small group basis where pre-teaching and post-teaching of vocabulary and content are taught. Students are encouraged to meet the challenges of regular classes while receiving the necessary support and assistance that will ensure a sufficient standard of academic achievement. Sign language facilitators, and written or computerized note takers are an integral component of the resource program. Assistive devices, such as F.M. systems, teletypewriters, and closed captioned decoders are standard equipment and promote independent functioning in the school environment.

The transition for students from secondary to post secondary programs and/or employment is facilitated through Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (SDHHS). The students are encouraged to maintain close contact with SDHHS personnel to insure every opportunity to meet their future goals and aspirations.

The Regina Board of Education supports the principle of parental involvement at all levels of decision making and programming for all students with special needs.

Accessing the Resource Room Program at Thom Collegiate

For further information on how to access the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, contact the Co-ordinator of Speech and Hearing Student Support Services at Regna Public Schools - 523-3600.

Services

  • The program provides the following:
  • Support for full integration into all academic classes, including note taking and sign language interpreting.
  • Tutoring for all academic classes in the Resource Room under the supervision of a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Direct instruction in some subjects for students who need additional support delivered by a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Credit for attending tutorials in the Resource Room and completing an individualized career and work program delivered by the teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Credit is given for Career and Work Exploration 10 and 20) per academic year (two semesters).

Features of the Resource Room

 

  • Experienced staff in working with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Role modeling provided by a Deaf teacher (who is profoundly deaf with excellent speech and sign skills).
  • A supportive environment for appropriate emotional and social development through interaction with adults and peers.
  • Transition programming provided for graduating students. This consists of providing tutorial support for post-secondary courses, career counseling, and liaison with Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.
  • Acoustics in resource room provide a supportive work environment for D/HH students to work with other peers.
  • Expert management of technologies designed to increase accessibility in the learning environment (assistive listening devices, computers, telephone communication).

For further information, please contact Joanne Weber at joanne.weber@rbe.sk.ca


Useful Links

Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services - http://www.sdhhs.com/

ASL Browser - http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf - http://www.agbell.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?linkid=1