Established in 1978 by the Florida Legislature, the Resource Materials and Technology Center: Deaf/Hard of Hearing (RMTC-D/HH) is a statewide discretionary project of the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Student Education (BESE) and functions as a statewide specialized center within the Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) network. The Center is located on the campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB). RMTC-D/HH serves as the coordinating unit for accessible materials including captioned and signed videos, professional development books, and other reference materials. In addition, RMTC-D/HH staff provide on-site training and technical assistance to all school districts, families, and other state and federal discretionary projects working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
RMTC-D/HH plans and works collaboratively with school districts statewide, agencies, associations, and other state and federal discretionary projects, to ensure accessibility and pedagogical needs of all students with hearing loss are met as required by IDEA 2004 and by Florida Statutes. RMTC-D/HH works to positively influence student outcomes and graduation rates with an emphasis on college, career and life-readiness by supporting parents and school personnel in Florida serving students who are deaf/hard of hearing from birth to the age of 22. The Center is funded by the by the State of Florida, Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education Student Services, through an agreement with FSDB.
Services from RMTC-D/HH are provided by request and at no charge to the school, district, or organization.
RMTC-D/HH is currently focusing on three major initiatives: Capacity Building, Inter-agency Collaboration, and Staff Development. The Center also supports initiatives developed through the Florida State Board of Education and BESE Strategic Plans.
RMT- D/HH supports the following State Performance Plan Indicators:
- SPP 1: Graduation Rate
- SPP 3: Participation/Performance on Statewide Assessment
- SPP 4: Discipline Rates
- SPP 5: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Ages 6 -21
- SPP 6: LRE, Ages 3-5
- SPP 7: Early Childhood Outcomes
- SPP 8: Parent Involvement
- SPP 12: Transitions from Part C to Part B
- SPP 13: Secondary Transition (Individual Educational Plan Components)
- SPP 14: Post School Outcomes