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LADSE is the administrative agent for the regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program which provides services to students with hearing disabilities, ages birth to twenty-one. Services include

– diagnostics and evaluation

– placement, instruction

– student and parent support services

– technical assistance to local schools

– transition

– outreach to the community.

The program serves students with hearing disabilities ranging from mild to profound. Students may have hearing loss as their only disability, or they may have multiple disabilities.

Students can be served in a variety of settings: in the student’s home school in a general education setting, in a special class in their home district, or in another district in a cluster program for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Each student’s educational plan is individualized based upon goals developed by the local school teachers, therapists, and other members of the school team in consultation with the parents.

The high school age students are served at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, IL.  Students are placed in Community Based program, self-contained classrooms, mainstreamed into regular classes or a combination of options.  Students can take part in any and all sports and clubs offered at the high school, as well as all of the social activities in the school like Homecoming decorating, Pep Rallies, Student Variety Show, Spirit Week, and Prom.

Hinsdale South provides the following services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing student:

  • Transitional Center and Vocational Programs

  • Academic Classes

  • Interpreters

  • Extracurricular Activities

Click on the links below or on the left for a more detailed description.

For more information on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program at Hinsdale South High School, please contact the program director, Pat Even or the administrative assistant Kristin Born, at 630-468-4001. For current information and upcoming events, please visit the Deaf and Hard of Hearing webpage for Hinsdale South High School at

Hinsdale South High School
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program




          Carrie Morfoot
                 Coordinator

          Audra Di Gerlando
                  Administrative Assistant