CAPS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

The CAPS Collaborative Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs are housed in acoustically treated classrooms. The majority of our students are mainstreamed with support of sign language interpreters or a teacher of the deaf in the general education classroom. The program also has a DHHP classroom (self-contained classroom) for students who are deaf or hard of hearing who qualify for special education under a secondary eligibility, or that need modifications to the curriculum in order to succeed. It is a full-day program where the students are emerged in an interactive, individual, language-rich, multi-sensory approach to learning.

Students receive direct classroom instruction by a Teacher of the Deaf trained in working with hearing aids, cochlear implants, BAHAs and FM systems. Speech Language Therapists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, ABA teachers, ASL/Sign Language interpreters, Nursing and Vision services are also provided. Staff communicates with the students using the most appropriate method for each child, to ensure access to communication and the curriculum. The deaf and hard of hearing students are fully involved in everyday school activities and participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities.

Calendar
School Year - Number of Days: 
180
School Year - Hours Per Day: 
6.5
Summer - Number of Days: 
18
Summer - Hours Per Day: 
6.5
Therapeutic Services Available: 
Adaptive Physical Education (APE), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Counseling, Hearing Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Vision Services

Parent Support Program: ASL Parent Class, parent support groups, Inter-agency agreements

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Primary Population/Disability: 
Communication, Sensory: Hearing
Other Population Served: 
Sensory: Deaf-Blind
Type of Program: 
Collaborative Substantially Separate Classroom in Public School Building
Ages Served: 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Grades Served: 
Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Contact Person(s): 
Sheri D'Annolfo
Coordinator
978-632-2208 ext. 153
Location(s):
Meetinghouse School
8 South St.
01473 Westminster , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
Murdock Middle/High School
3 Memorial Drive
01475 Winchendon , MA
United States
Massachusetts US