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About Us

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.

Communication Philosophy

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 Process

  • 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
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