Individuals who are hard of hearing or deaf present with a wide range of educational needs.  The child needs to be assessed thoroughly to determine the most appropriate educational options.  This determination needs to include FAPE (Free and Appropriate Education) and LRE (Least Restrictive Environment) factors in the continuum of educational services. There are a number of resources available online to assist parents and educational professionals in the determination of the most appropriate educational services/setting, which are listed below.   


How to determine the individual educational needs of each student

Where to find skilled professionals

Michigan Department of Civil Rights Division on Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing. -- Assists deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing persons with referrals to public or private agencies dealing with their specific problems or concerns.

Michigan Deaf Association, Inc. (MDA) – mission is to help improve the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Michigan. One of the services offered is the provision of Deaf Self Advocacy Training

Mental Health Treatment and Assessment Providers With specialized skills in serving people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Miscellaneous Resources     

Michigan Hands & Voices is an organization dedicated to non-biased support to families who have children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We will provide activities and information statewide to parents and professionals that may include: outreach events, educational seminars, advocacy support, parent-to-parent networking and newsletters. 


Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People The mission of the Coalition is to provide a forum to promote networking, communication, and information sharing, collaboration and service delivery through the mutual efforts of its diverse membership. 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - This section provides information on the causes and effects of hearing loss in both children and adults.

The Disability Resources Guide to Disabilities of the Internet -- The web is filled with great resources for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. This page describes some of our favorite places to start.