Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Minnesota Resource Center: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, part of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), is a statewide resource providing information and resources to help families and educators meet the educational needs of Minnesota children and youth who have a hearing loss. Children and youth who have varying types and degrees of hearing loss may be eligible to receive special education and related services. A link to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing library materials located at the Academy for the Deaf will be available soon.

Placement and Readiness Checklists (PARC) for students who are deaf and hard of hearing are available below. The Placement and Readiness Checklists (PARC) help Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams make decisions about programming and placement for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Four readiness checklists focus on essential skills that students require in order to actively and meaningfully participate in their education programs. The placement checklist helps IEP teams evaluate the accessibility and appropriateness of the general education setting to support students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Use the link under offsite resources to view the checklists on the Hands and Voices website, as well as Minnesota Rule language regarding services for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee develops recommendations regarding the resource center and submits an annual report to the Commissioner of Education. For more information, select the link provided.