The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are schools of excellence in the education of deaf, hard of hearing, blind and low vision students so they will achieve success as productive independent members of society.
WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind FAQ
What are the services provided by the Regional Outreach Specialists at the WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind?
Regional Outreach Specialists from the WVSDB in Romney WV, partner with WV Birth to Three program working with not only infants who are deaf or hard of hearing or are blind or have low vision through three years but with their family as well. I work with families with infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing. We can do weekly, biweekly, or monthly visits whatever the needs of the child and family are. After the child is three years old, we can help with transition services with the school system and still serve with family needs, and offer consultative services until the child is five years old.
What part of the state does the Outreach Program cover?
The Outreach Program covers the entire state of WV. We have four Regional Outreach Specialists who cover the state for deaf and hard of hearing and four who cover the state with families with children who are blind or have low vision. All of the Regional Outreach Specialists have a minimum of a master’s degree in deaf education or blind or low vision. We actually go into the homes, and currently, we have families in almost all of the counties in WV.
How does a child qualify for outreach services?
The child must be a resident of WV and have a documented hearing or vision loss. Then the ROS goes into the home and does an evaluation.
Why is it important to have the Newborn Hearing Screening?
Today, before a newborn baby leaves the hospital, he or she has their hearing screened. Prior to establishing the Newborn Hearing Screening, it could be a few years before a child would be diagnosed with hearing loss. With the Newborn Hearing Screening, and the early diagnosis of hearing loss, the child can start receiving early intervention services and appropriate services and resources as soon as possible.
What are the costs to families for this service?
There is zero cost for families. Our services are totally free to families.