Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program serves students ages three to twenty-two with a diagnosed hearing loss.

Hearing Loss and Program Options

The term Hearing Loss includes all degrees of hearing loss from hard of hearing to Deaf. This means that the hearing loss prevents full awareness of environmental sounds and spoken language, thus, limiting normal language acquisition. The degree of the hearing loss and the age of onset will have a profound impact on language development.

Our program includes classrooms located at Williams Elementary School, Mattoon Middle School and Mattoon High School in Mattoon, Illinois. These classrooms provide instruction to students needing a visual representation of language to learn. Possible eligibility for hearing impairment programming is determined through a case study evaluation and multi-disciplinary staff conference. If the student is eligible, based on functional ability in conjunction with the severity of the hearing loss, then an IEP is developed and placement decisions are made.

Another option for services from our DHH program includes services from our Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf and hard of hearing. This teachers serves students with a hearing loss that are placed in their home district.


The EIASE program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is committed to the philosophy of total communication. This method includes speech, lip-reading, fingerspelling, sign language, and the use of residual hearing to develop language competence. In the classroom multiple modes of sign language are used: ASL, Signed English, and Simultaneous communication. The method used is dependent on the needs of the students. Mainstreaming with supportive interpreter services is an integral component of the program. Interaction between teachers, interpreters, support staff, and parents is also an important part of the program.


The EIASE program has a full time educational audiologist. Appointments can be made for students in any of our member districts for hearing tests. Our audiologist is also a full time support to our DHH classrooms. Assistance with all of the technology used for hearing support is available at all times.

Mary Gherardini Scholarship Application If applying, send completed applications to EIASE Main Office.

Mary Gherardini Scholarship Fund Application


5837 Park Drive

Charleston, IL 61920

Debbie Rotramel

Supervisor DHH Program

Associate Director

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1238

Fax: 217.348.7704