Diverse Learning Needs

Diverse Learning Needs Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)

The Calgary Board of Education provides a continuum of supports and services for students with diverse learning needs. The student receives individualized support to address these needs. Some, but not all, of these learner needs may be addressed in the student’s Individual Program Plan (IPP). In keeping with the individual abilities and unique learning needs, a specialized team supports students and assist with program planning.

A student with hearing loss is formally identified by a diagnosis from a clinical or educational audiologist based on the criteria:

  • A severe to profound hearing loss of 71 dB or more in the better ear over the speech frequencies that interferes with the use of oral language as the primary form of communication. 
  • A mild to moderate hearing loss of 26 to 70 dB in the better ear over the speech frequencies that affects speech and language development and interferes with the ability to learn. ​

Program Description

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) class offers support for students in grades 1-12 whose hearing loss significantly impacts their language development and learning. DHH classes offer unique educational environments, including direct English language instruction, communicative supports, and services. Curriculum modifications, instructional accommodations, integration opportunities, and learning technologies are personalized based on the strengths and needs of each student. Programming options for DHH students include communication and instruction through Aural/Oral and/or Bilingual approaches.​

Congregated Settings

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