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Expanded Skills

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The purpose of the Expanded Skills Standards* for students who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) is to enable them to apply concepts, knowledge, and skills related to their individual hearing levels in educational, home, community, or employment settings. These standards are designed for students who require specially designed instruction to address the unique needs resulting from their individual hearing levels and communication needs. Instruction in these identified needs promotes student success in standards-based instruction. Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (ToDHHs) are key IEP team members and play a critical role in developing these skill sets among students in this population. This instruction is provided in a variety of settings and may be delivered in student specific communication modalities (for example, American Sign Language, Cued Speech, spoken language, and/or sign-supported English).

*In order to teach the Expanded Skills course(s) a teacher must have a Florida teacher certification in the area of Deaf or Hard of Hearing (K-12).


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