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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Locations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Intensive Support Programs:
·         Sts Cosmas and Damian
·         St Raymond
·         The Divine Infant
Secondary - Dante Alighieri
 
TCDSB Determination for Placement in Intensive Support Program
 
As determined by the IPRC giving consideration to the following:
Ø Professional assessment:
o An audiological assessment indicating a permanent bilateral hearing loss within the mild to profound range
o Psychological assessment (when deemed appropriate)
o A speech and language assessment (when deemed appropriate)
Ø Classroom documentation:
o Collaboration with school personnel, agencies, classroom teacher, parent(s)/guardian(s) and student
Ø DHH Assessment:
o Academic and functional assessment at the student’s school, students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing may demonstrate needs in language and speech development and in gaining auditory access to the curriculum
 
Special Education Placement with
Partial Integration–Intensive Support Program
 
The D/HH intensive support program is for students with a significant hearing loss that results in substantial difficulty with communication and language development.
 
The students require a specialized setting and a teacher with specialized qualifications in D/HH in order to access the curriculum.
 
The goal is to help students achieve academic success through the provision of intensive, individualized education programming including appropriate accommodations, modifications, and alternative curriculum, as outlined in their Individual Educational Plan.
 
Instruction is delivered by a teacher of the deaf for a minimum of 50 percent of the school day. For the balance of the school day, each student receives instruction within the regular classroom (integration).
 
The regular class and D/HH teacher work collaboratively to support student success in integrated program areas.
 
Instructional components of programming include the Ontario curriculum and alternative curriculum.
 
The alternative curriculum is individualized as per student need to address specific needs such as hearing management and technology, speech, language, auditory skills, American Sign Language, social skills, self-advocacy, parental support and other areas that are developmentally appropriate.
 
The emphasis on oral language, auditory verbal strategies, or sign language depends on the needs of students in the class.
  
Special Education Placement with
Full Time Intensive Support Program
 
The D/HH intensive support program is for students with a significant hearing loss that results in substantial difficulty with communication and language development.
 
The students require a full time specialized setting and a teacher with specialized qualifications in D/HH in order to access the curriculum.
 
The goal is to help students achieve academic success through the provision of intensive, individualized education programming including appropriate accommodations, modifications, and alternative curriculum, as outlined in their Individual Educational Plan.
 
Instruction is delivered by a teacher of the deaf for the entire school day.
Instructional components of programming include the Ontario curriculum and alternative curriculum.
 
The alternative curriculum is individualized as per student need to address specific needs such as hearing management and technology, speech, language, auditory skills, American Sign Language, social skills, self-advocacy, parental support and other areas that are developmentally appropriate.
 
The emphasis on oral language, auditory verbal strategies, or sign language depends on the needs of students in the class.