How STARS’ Services work with young people who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families holistically to address such issues as literacy (ASL), language, connection & community, and education surrounding deaf culture.
Services for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) is a program of STARS designed to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals from kindergarten through early adulthood.
These students are naturally at a higher risk for drug and alcohol misuse because of their increased difficulties with communication, isolation, depression, learning and family connections.
Our literacy program provides services to 12 deaf and hard of hearing students in three different schools: Hillsboro High School, West End Middle, and Eakin Elementary School. Using the Fairview Literacy program, we meet with each student weekly, either individually or in a small group.
The program focuses on improving reading comprehension, writing skills, sign language proficiency, bridging multiple-meaning words and conceptual signing of topics and items translating from English to American Sign Language. One unique aspect of this program is the lessons are specifically customized to meet the students at their level of learning, as well as incorporate their individual interests.
Our award-winning services have received national and local attention, including the Prevention & Education Meritorious Award from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and the Health Care Provider Award by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities.