Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHH)

The DHH Program has been educating children for 40 years. With Classrooms in Norton, Freetown, and Taunton, The READS DHH Program provides educational services within a public school setting, Pre-K through high school, as well as early intervention. The DHH Program provides services tailored to each student’s type of hearing loss, communication needs, and choice of amplification (hearing aids, cochlear implants). The two DHH preschool settings are primarily self-contained classrooms with specialized programming. The auditory/oral classroom provides a learning environment that utilizes spoken language. The traditional DHH preschool classroom provides a learning environment that uses American Sign Language as the primary mode of communication.

Academics are provided with the DHH classroom settings until the students are ready to participate in mainstream classes. As the students reach upper elementary and middle school levels, they may continue to receive primary academic instruction with the DHH classes or join mainstream classes. High school students are prepared to learn in a traditional high school environment with support or a vocational technical high school with support.

School Year - Number of Days: 
School Year - Hours Per Day: 
varies by school
Summer - Number of Days: 
Summer - Hours Per Day: 
varies by school
Therapeutic Services Available: 
Adaptive Physical Education (APE), Counseling, Hearing Services, Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy

Parent Support Program: Families receive ongoing support from administrators and staff. Families are engaged through activities with the Deaf community and other families of children with hearing loss.

Additional Program Information: The auditory/oral DHH preschool/Kindergarten classroom is located in Freetown Elementary School. The PreK to grade 12+ DHH classrooms are located in Norton Public Schools. The high school vocational program is located in Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School. Auditory-Verbal Therapy, ASL Interpreters registered with MCDHH.

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Primary Population/Disability: 
Sensory: Hearing
Other Population Served: 
Multiple Disabilities
Type of Program: 
Ages Served: 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22+
Grades Served: 
Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Contact Person(s): 
Evelyn Rankin
508-947-3634 ext. 303
READS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
46 West Main St.
02766 Norton , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
46 West Main St. MA
United States
Massachusetts US