WilMac provides itinerant services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing through consultation as well as direct services. Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TOD) work as part of a team and are responsible for conducting assessments and identifying programming needs for students with hearing loss. TODs act as a resource to all team members, including parents, instructional and support staff, and students to provide unique information on the impact of hearing loss on language, communication, academic, and functional skill development. Related support services, such as interpreting and audiology are also available to students as determined by the IEP team. WilMac contracts with Professional Hearing Services at their Williston location to provide audiological services to students.
A TOD will typically provide direct support in areas directly impacted by a hearing loss, including audition skills, communication, language, vocabulary, reading readiness skill development, academic support, and self-advocacy skills. Indirect support services may include providing in-service and consultation to teachers, interpreters, parents, and other staff; ensuring adequate and appropriate access to classroom information, including access to captioned media and required amplification equipment; advising on environmental adaptations; monitoring students’ functioning in the school setting; supporting parents in communication system decisions and development; and assisting students and families with finding community resources related to hearing loss.