Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Level: Elementary, Middle and High School (district-based programs)
Recommended Ratio: Elementary and Middle 8:1:2; High School 12:1:2

Students in this program:

  • meet the criteria to be identified as Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
  • may use personal amplification and/or cochlear implants. Total communication is used; Phonic Ear is being phased out.
  • are mainstreamed in general education classes for academic, social and vocational training, as appropriate.
  •  participate in all New York State regular grade-level assessments or the NYSAA. High school students in this program are eligible for the New York State Regents diploma, local high school diploma, CDOS credential and the SACC.
  •  are placed together regardless of their diploma or credential type, because the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students all have common language needs and can benefit from heterogeneous groupings.

Student Eligibility

Children are placed in BOCES special education programs at the direction of their local school district’s Committee on Special Education (CSE). CSE Teams, including the district CSE Chair, classroom teacher, parents, and service providers collaborate to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for any student identified as requiring special education services. Contact your local school district’s CSE Chair for more information.

Learn more about our Special Education programs

Caralee Kardash, Director of Special Education
Phone: 518-464-6310
caralee.kardash@neric.org