Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired

Mission

The mission of the Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired, the innovative leader in deaf and hard-of-hearing education, is to ensure that each student develops effective communication modalities and becomes an independent, productive citizen with unlimited potential through a system distinguished by

evidence-based practices;

purposeful collaboration;

modern assistive technology;

access to resources, supports, and specialized services; and

personalized learning experiences across academic and social settings.

Our Communication Philosophy

The Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired (GBCHI) employs total communication including: sign language, oral language, visual/picture supports, and language facilitation strategies. When determining individualized instructional  programming, GBCHI utilizes current evaluation data while honoring the  communication mode selected by the parent(s).


The Galveston-Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired (GBCHI) is a cooperative of nine school districts: Alvin ISD, Clear Creek ISD, Dickinson ISD, Friendswood ISD, Galveston ISD, Hitchcock ISD, Pearland ISD, Santa Fe ISD, and Texas City ISD. 

GBCHI, in partnership with its member districts, provides a continuum of services for students with a variety of needs related to a student's hearing loss.  All services are determined by the ARD Committee and based on the student's individual need.  The following are examples of the different services offered:

Regional Day School for the Deaf (RDSD): This is a site-based program where students who need intensive instruction (especially in communication) and smaller class sizes that provide access to total communication attend a campus within Clear Creek ISD on a daily basis. GBCHI site based programs are currently offered in Clear Creek ISD at Gilmore Elementary, Creekside Intermediate, and Clear Springs High School.

Itinerant Services: Certified deaf education teachers provide direct services to students at the child's home campus.  Teachers concentrate on the development of language, communication skills, and self-concept so that each child makes progress in their educational setting.

Indirect Services: Certified deaf education teachers and/or audiological staff provide indirect services on behalf of hearing impaired students that includes but is not limited to: consultation with teachers/staff, instructional support and accommodations, assistive technology support, parent support, monitoring of IEP progress.

Parent/Infant Services: Services are provided to infants from birth to three years of age by certified deaf education teachers in cooperation with GBCHI, Spindletop, and BACH ECI. Teachers focus on early and intensive auditory stimulation to facilitate growth of auditory, language, and speech skills along normal developmental lines.

Audiological Services: These include audiological testing, routine hearing aid maintenance, earmold impressions and fitting, provision of assistive listening devices, and failed hearing screening follow-ups.

 

For additional information on the provision of services to students with hearing impairments, please contact us at 281-284-0350. 

  
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