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Priority Goals

1. Region/Center/Satellite: To establish a comprehensive program, including regional centers (in addition to WSD), in order to provide resources and services by highly skilled professionals to all people involved with the education of children who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind in Wisconsin.

2. Technology: To use contemporary and emerging technologies to access and facilitate communication and as a teaching tool for students, families, and professionals.

3. Vocational/Post-secondary readiness: To develop, expand upon or enhance current transition programs for children who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind in Wisconsin by providing vocational and post-secondary readiness training.

4. Diversity: To address the diverse cultural, ethnic, communication modality, and disability needs of Wisconsin’s children who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind.

5. Internal/External communications: To increase an understanding (both within and outside of WESP) of the WESP-DHH programs and goals.

6. Birth to 3: To strive to provide Birth to 3 service providers with the information they need to help address the linguistic milestones of the students they serve.

7. Whole Child: To increase knowledge and awareness of the academic, social, and emotional needs of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind.

8. Deaf Adult Role Models: To foster and provide opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to interact with deaf or hard of hearing adults who serve as mentors and role models.

9. Professional Development: Adapt WSD specialized resources to support Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and provide targeted professional development in order to enhance the skills and abilities of individuals serving students who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind.

10. Parent/Parent Education: To foster family involvement in the education of their child who is deaf, hard of hearing, and/or deafblind.

The Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Outreach Services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind are part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Learning Support.