Did you know:
The number of students age 3-21 served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is 6.4 million.
The number of deaf and hard of hearing students age 3-21 served under IDEA is 78,000.
The percentage of deaf and hard of hearing students with secondary disability is 40 percent.
Most deaf and hard of hearing children spend at least 80 percent of their school day in the “regular” education environment. With 14,000 school districts nationwide, the average number of deaf students age 3-21 in a school district is fewer than 6, meaning that most deaf students are “solitaires” in their classroom.
Approximately 90 percent of deaf and hard of hearing children have hearing parents, most of whom are not familiar with the ways in which deaf and hard of hearing children learn.
Deaf and hard of hearing children communicate in a variety of ways. More than 40 percent use sign language or a combination of spoken and signed language.
Deaf and hard of hearing students lag behind hearing peers in educational achievement. For example, researchers found “a gap existed between the academic achievement of student’s [sic] with hearing impairments and their peers in the general population in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Higher percentages of student’s [sic] with hearing impairments scored below the mean across subtests compared with the general population.”
 National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Facts, Students with Disabilities, http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=64.
 Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI) (April 2011). Regional and National Summary Report of Data from the 2009-10 Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth. Washington, DC: GRI, Gallaudet University, p. 12.
 National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Facts, Students with Disabilities, Inclusion of, http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=59.
 National Center for Educational Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics: 2010, Table 91, Number and enrollment of regular public school districts, by enrollment size of district: Selected years, 1979-80 through 2008-09, http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_091.asp?referrer=list.
 NIDCD, Quick Statistics, https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/Pages/quick.aspx.
 Gallaudet Research Institute, supra, p. 11.
 Institute of Education Sciences (February 2011). The Secondary School Experiences and Academic Performance of Students With Hearing Impairments, NCSER 2011-3003, p. 28.