The Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) is coordinated through the McAllen Independent School District, McAllen, Texas
- We provide educational services for deaf and hard of hearing students from McAllen ISD and nearby districts through shared services agreements.
Our RDSPD Program Serves Students
- Birth to 21 years of age
- With hearing impairment that significantly impacts the development of language and/or performance in school
- From surrounding school districts in South Texas, including: Donna, Edcouch-Elsa, Edinburg, Hidalgo, La Joya, La Villa, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Monte Alto, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Progresso, Rio Grande City, Roma, Sharyland, Valley View, Weslaco and La Feria
- Some students with a hearing impairment receive services in their home district from the RDSPD Itinerant Teachers.
Highly Specialized Staff
Our Regional Day School staff includes a variety of specialists knowledgeable in educating students with hearing losses. Our staff includes:
- Certified Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Certified Sign Language Interpreters
- Speech Therapists, Diagnostician, Counselors and Administrators experienced in serving hearing impaired students
- Teaching Assistants
Some audiological services are provided through contracts with a local licensed audiologist.
Transportation is provided by local school districts.
Providing A Variety of Services
Parent/Infant Teachers provide in-home training and support for parents of young deaf children from birth until three years of age.
- A pre-school program for three to five year old hearing impaired students.
- Sign language classes are offered for parents, staff and community
- Training for districts who have hearing impaired students.
Wide Range of Classroom Services
- Many students are mainstreamed into regular classes with or without interpreters, as needed.
- Special small classes with certified teachers of the deaf, from pre-school through high school, are common.
- Students take a combination of special deaf education classes and general education classes as appropriate.
The communication needs for each child are determined by the Admission/Review/Dismissal (ARD) committee based on assessment. Students are provided access to communication and are helped to reach their potential through:
- Intensive language development
- Speech therapy
- Use of amplification and auditory training
- Use of sign language
- Referral is by home district
- Hearing impaired infants are also referred by the Texas Early Childhood Intervention Agency, pediatricians, hospitals, audiologists, family members and others.
- Students are assessed by the home district prior to enrollment.
- Students are assessed in depth every three years after enrollment in the program.
Coordination with Other Agencies
Our program works closely with other agencies including:
- Early Childhood Intervention
- Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
- Texas Education Agency, Division of the Deaf
- Health Care Professionals
- Education Service Centers Region 1, 11, and 20
- Easter Seals