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Orange County provides educational services to over 350 students identified as deaf or hard-of-hearing. The Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Program offers a full continuum of services to meet both academic and communication needs identified on a student's individual education plan (IEP). Eligibility for the program is based on both a documented hearing loss and educational need. Services may begin at birth through the Parent-Infant Toddler Program where intervention is provided within the natural environment with direct parent involvement. Students aged 3 through 22 years can receive itinerant services at their home school or attend a designated school site where classes are taught by a teacher certified in deaf education. Additionally, a wide range of audiological services are provided for students through the district’s Audiology Program.

Useful Links

  • American Society for Deaf  A national organization that provides support, encouragement and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - An international membership organization and resource center on hearing loss, spoken language approaches and related issues.
  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD) NAD is a private non-profit organization safeguarding accessibility and civil rights of individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. This organization administers the Captioned Media Program.
  • Florida Emergency Management - The Florida Division of Emergency Management has announced the launch of five preparedness videos designed to aid Florida residents who are deaf or hearing impaired. To access the videos, go to the referenced web site and click on the blue button in the FDEM Media Center that reads, "Planning for Emergencies for Floridians with Disabilities VIDEOS".

More Information

Sign Language Interpreter Services Orange County provides a sign language interpreter for students or family members who participate in any school function. To request an interpreter, please contact 407-317-3409. 

Interesting Facts Members of the Hearing Screening Program completed initial hearing screenings for 63,796 elementary and middle school students during last school year. Students received over 2,500 comprehensive audiological services at the Audiology Office located at 1600 East Kaley Street.

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Contact Info

Elizabeth Padilla
Instructional Support
[email protected]


Audiology Program
407-897-6421 Ext. 1

Yvonne Benjamin
407-317-3200 ext 2002635
Program Assistant
[email protected]

Need an ASL interpreter? Here is the request form link: