HB2148 Establishes an office of deaf education.
Sponsor: Merideth III, Denny J. (162) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: LR Number: 4704L.01I
Last Action: COMMITTEE: EDUCATION - ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
05/03/2000 - Public Hearing Held (H)
HB2148
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HB 2148 -- Education of the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired

Sponsor:  Merideth

This bill creates an Office of Deaf Education within the
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Division of

Special Education to serve children diagnosed with hearing
impairments.  The office will, among its other duties, develop
and coordinate regional schools and resource centers for deaf
students and conduct an annual study of the educational status
of deaf students.  A 19-member task force on deaf education and
literacy is also created by the bill to advise the office on
several aspects of education for the deaf and to recommend to
the department and to the Coordinating Board for Higher
Education improvements in teacher preparation programs and
teacher certification relating to deaf education.  The regional
schools and resource centers will initially provide 5
methodologies of deaf education and maintain a staff that has
expertise in those methodologies as well as an audiologist, a
speech-language specialist with additional training, and an
acoustical engineer. Staff may be employed on a consultation
basis.  Teachers who practice the methodology will explain the
methodology to the parents of a newly diagnosed deaf child;
decisions about using the methodology will be made by the
parents in conjunction with the individualized education plan
team.  The bill lists the services to be provided by the
schools/resource centers, among which are consultation for
school districts and for individualized education plans and
development of in-service training for teachers and parents.
The Division of Special Education must develop a system of
referral for children identified with hearing impairments.  The
bill contains definitions and creates a Deaf Education Fund.


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