AKSD provides opportunities for students to learn within a Bi-Lingual/Bi-Cultural model of education. Each student’s individual needs are assessed for the best access to academic services as written in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). These services may include, but not limited to the following: Audiology supports, American Sign Language support (ASL), Counseling, DHH self-contained classroom, Listening and Spoken Language support (LSL), Speech/Language support, and general education classroom with an educational interpreter. Students are also able to participate within extracurricular activities with supports.
Our DHH self-contained classrooms utilize American Sign Language as the primary mode of communication. Students are engaged in all core academics through this mode of communication with additional services provided through the use of specialists in LSL, ASL, and Speech/Language. AKSD also has a counselor that works in conjunction with classroom teachers to provide important Social Emotional Skills for all students, pre-k through the ACT program.
Students that are with AKSD in a general education classroom also received the supports of our specialists and counselor. These students also have the opportunities to work with an educational interpreter and have additional supports as needed and outlined in their IEP. Educational interpreting services are also provided for any extracurricular activity, elective classes and/or pull-out classes (i.e., P.E., music).
Audiology services are provided for any student enrolled in ASD/AKSD. Service delivery depends on the level of support needed and is based on the students Individual Education Plan and eligibility. For more information on audiology services provided by ASD, please visit the District’s Related Services page.
American Sign Language Development and Support
American Sign Language Specialist provides evaluations, recommendations, and individual and group instruction. Classroom instruction and support are also provided. Service delivery depends on the level of support needed and is based on the students Individual Education Plan and eligibility.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Counseling Services provide student with social-emotional learning supports while students navigate their identity as indidivuals who are deaf or hard hearing. Service delivery depends on the level of support needed and is based on the students Individual Education Plan and eligibility.
Listening and Spoken Language Development and Support
Listening and Spoken Language Specialist provide evaluations, recommendations, and individual and group instruction. Classroom instruction and support are also provided. Service delivery depends on the level of support needed and is based on the students Individual Education Plan and eligibility.
Speech Language Therapy
Speech Language Therapists provide articulation and speech support for students who qualify for these services. Service delivery depends on the level of support needed and is based on the students Individual Education Plan and eligibility. For more information on Speech/Language services provided by ASD, please visit the District’s Related Services page.
Request an Interpreter
Are you involved in sports, going on a field trip or have another extracurricular activity you're involved in and need an interpreter? There is an easy way to request one! Just use the email address ASL_Request@asdk12.org and list the date, time, who is involved, and any other information the interpreter will need to fulfill your request. ASL_Request will get back to you with a confirmation and it's as easy as that!
Transition Readiness is a class that is designed to assist secondary Deaf and hard of hearing students with their individualized post secondary plan. Transition focuses on five main areas:
- Advocacy and Empowerment
- Education and Career Planning
- Work Habits, Skills, and Attitudes
- Independent Living
- Community Roles, Responsibilities and Resources
During Transition class, students will become more familiar with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Deaf Navigator. These two agencies are not only important IEP team members, but vital post secondary resources for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Students have a wide range of vocational options. Courses at King Tech High School that students often take include auto mechanics, carpentry, child care, printing, food service and computer technology.
Community-based training for vocational programs and transition after high school has been popular and successful with AKSDHH students. Placement into the Adult Community Transition (ACT) is determined by the IEP team during the student's enrollment in high school. Teachers, interpreters and teacher assistants help students toward success in these courses. On-the-job work experience and after school jobs are a natural part of these vocational education options.