The Outreach Team at KSD provides a number of education services for families of students who are deaf/hard of hearing and their Local Education Agency (LEA). These include:
The KSD Outreach Team provides student evaluations any time the local school district would like more in-depth knowledge of how a student is performing or during the students triennial re-evaluation. Student evaluations include assessments of:
Local Education Agency (LEA) staff and parents have direct involvement in the evaluation process. An evaluation takes place at the KSD campus during a three day period. Students are required to be accompanied by a parent or family member during the evaluation process. KSD as a Family Suite available on campus for family and/or school staff lodging at no cost. The evaluation process can also include members of the Outreach Team visiting the students local school and observing the student in a typical day. A team meeting occurs at the conclusion of the evaluation to review all results and review detailed written reports provided to LEA staff and parents.
An LEA request the outreach Team will visit education programs and observe students in their natural environments. Team members will meet with local staff and parents to review suggestions and recommendations based on the observation and input from the family and school staff. At the conclusion of the observation period, team members will provide written summaries to LEA staff and parents.
LEA's may request on-site consultation by the Outreach Team. The On-Site Consultation involves at least two Outreach Team members conducting a brief observation and interview of staff who work with the student prior to a meeting with the local school team and parents. During the meeting, Outreach Team members will provide recommendations and resources for the LEA and family. Additionally, mentoring support is available for teachers of the deaf in Kansas.
The Outreach Team is available to provide a variety of in-service programs to meet the needs of a LEA. These programs are provided either at the local district or on the KSD campus.
KSD provides remote microphone hearing assistive technology equipment on a lease basis to local districts. Normal repair of equipment is covered under the terms of the lease.
*Formerly known as the auditory training unit (ATU) program.