• Core Services

    Educational delivery models are available to fit the unique needs of each student. Educational Interpreters, note takers and other accommodations are available as per the student's unique needs in their Individual Education Plan.

     

    Self-Contained classroomsShaping the Future

    The core of the school is the self-contained classes located in schools of the Anchorage School District.     They are located at:

     

    General Education classrooms with support

     

    Extra Curricular activities and events with support

      

    Transition Readiness

    Transition Readiness is a class that is designed to assist secondary Deaf/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

    Check out the Navigating Life PowerPoint presentation for more information about these five areas.

    During transition class, students will become more familiar with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and Deaf Navigator. These two agencies are not only important team members, but vital post-secondary resources for Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals.

     

    Vocational Options

    Students have a wide range of vocational options. King Tech High School offers courses that students often take. These can include, but are not limited to, 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, educational interpreters, and paraprofessionals 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.

     

    Audiology

    Audiology services are provided for any student enrolled in ASD/AKSDHH.  Service delivery depends on the level of support needed and is based on the student's 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 student's Individual Education Plan and eligibility. 

     

    American Sign Language Support

    Our educators provide evaluations, recommendations, and instruction in American Sign Language (ASL). Students are provided with specific instruction to meet their needs based on individual levels of support and a student's Individual Education Plan and eligibility. For incoming students, assessments are provided to determine ASL skills and needs. Our team also works with the Early Intervention Services Center to provide language assessments to determine the needs of our incoming preschool students. 

     

    Listening and Spoken Language 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 student's Individual Education Plan and eligibility. Our team also works with the Early Intervention Services Center to provide language assessments to determine the needs of our incoming preschool students. 

     

    Deaf & Hard of Hearing Counseling

    Deaf/Hard of Hearing Counseling Services provide students with social-emotional learning support, while assisting students in navigating their identity as individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Service delivery depends on the level of support needed and is based on the student's Individual Education Plan and eligibility. 

     

    Family Sign Classes

    Sign language classes are available during the school year for all parents and family members of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children. These classes are also available for current ASD staff that work closely with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. For more details, contact the Assistant Director of AKSDHH, Clara Baldwin, at baldwin_clara@asdk12.org for more details. 

     

    Request an Interpreter

    For students and parents who need an interpreter for school-related activities, 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 confirmation, and it's as easy as that!

     

    Guided Advancement Program

    Guided Advancement Program (GAP) is a free online-based mentoring program for educational interpreters who currently work full time with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students in Alaska and do not meet the state standard of a 4.0 on the Educational Interpreters Performance Assessment (EIPA).

     

    Alaska Educational Interpreters Conference

    AKSDHH receives grant funds to provide professional development for all Educational Interpreters working with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students in K-12 districts throughout the State of Alaska.

    We partner with the Alaska Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to host an annual 2-3 day training session specific to those working in this profession.  Past presenters include: Byron Bridges, Xenia Woods, Sharon Neumann Solow, Randee Pascall, Maiko Rankin and many others.