Originally Posted by nancyj
@deafdyke yes I was on about.com are you the one who refered me to this site? Thanks if you did I am getting alot of info from here.
@Miss-delectible. Thanks I have to agree with her being a cutie..but then again I think both my girls are but I am mom
I am going to make an appointment to take a tour of fremonts school for the deaf. I found out yesterday from her teacher that the preschool she would have gone to in her program has been moved and mixed with a all hearing preschool. So at 3 they will already be mainstreaming her. Don't know that I like that. She also informed me that the school district we are in will provide an FM System to her teachers through 5th grade but in Jr. High and High school she is pretty much on her own.
Oh Nancy- welcome to the world of "special education". That teacher was misinformed about the obligations of the school district. If she would benefit from the FM system, it can be used all the way through her educational career (12th grade or 22, but more likely 12th grade).
Also given that your district doesn't have a DHH program for 3-5 year olds, you'll have a leg up on getting her placement at CEID if that's what you're looking for. I think it's great to go look at CSDF, but as Bott mentioned it's likely she won't be eligible to go there.
Your daughter is entitled to an education in which she has teachers and staff proficient in her primary mode if communication. She is also entitled to peers with whom she can communicate with in her primary mode of communication. If you decide to keep up with the signing, then ASL or TC/SEE will be her primary mode of communication... Even if she is expressing language verbally, receptively would be another story.
If they don't have a strong infant program (18 mos-3 years) I would go look at
CEID and see what you think. If you are impressed with their program, I'd fight for placement ASAP. She won't be old enough to go for some time, but it's better to get your ducks in a row beforehand as you are doing.
Word of advice- don't rely on the teachers and administrators for information on which what your child is legally entitled to. They are often uninforned, and mistaken whether they realize it or not. You need to see the information/laws/Ed Codes for yourself.
One great website is
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
Search that site, and you'll start the process of educating yourself on the rights of your daughter as well as your rights as a parent.