Programs for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing are offered to serve students using various modes of communication including American Sign Language, Total Communication and Auditory/Oral Communication. Students are typically served in their home-zoned school in regular education or ESE Varying Exceptionality (VE) classes with the support of an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
The Department of Education provides the educational definition of a student eligible for special educational services through the the State of Florida. The criteria for eligibility requires that the student has a hearing loss, aided or unaided, that impacts the processing of linguistic information and which adversely affects performance in the educational environment. This degree of loss may range from mild to profound.