Resources for Parents of Students that are hard of hearing or deaf

This information was compiled February, 2014


Certification of Deafness for Tuition Waiver (CODTW) – This program provides a certificate that verifies hearing loss for applicants for tuition waiver at state supported post-secondary schools in Texas. The basic criteria for applicants is either an unaided average hearing loss of 55 decibels (dB) or greater (using 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz) or an aided average hearing loss of 30 dB or greater using the same frequencies. Alternate options for eligibility are listed on the tuition waiver application for individuals who are "functionally deaf and the primary mode of communication in the classroom is through visual modes."

 Specialized Telecommunication Assistive Program (STAP) – A voucher program that provides financial assistance for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment or services for individuals whose disability interferes with their ability to access the telephone network. This program is for anyone with hearing loss regardless of age or a grade.

 Deaf or Hard of Hearing Driver Identification Visor Card Program – This program provides a Driver ID visor card with tips for law enforcement on how to effectively communicate with the deaf or hard of hearing driver.

 Hearing Loss Resource Specialist Program (HLRS) – Regionally based Specialists assist consumers in identifying solutions based on the needs of the individual and their family and strive to improve quality of life for these persons by providing essential training and information. Training may include: information on communication strategies, assistive technology, hearing loss awareness, cochlear implants and hearing aids. Assistance locating resources in the community and individual assessment of workplace, educational or community challenges are also provided. Your local HLRS would be Olivia Rains. She can be reached at

Deafness Resource Specialist Program – Regionally-based specialists assist consumers in getting the services they need from state and local government, service organizations, employers and private entities while advocating within the communities to remove communication barriers to render more access to the targeted groups. The program also addresses attitudinal and cultural barriers affecting the populations which may hinder successful service delivery; provides information and referral services; and may provide training geared toward the consumers acquiring a better understanding of the laws which support and protect them.