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Welcome to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program


The philosophy of the Southwest Cook County Cooperative Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is to foster language acquisition to facilitate academic success, maximize socialization and secure vocational opportunities. Each student is considered an individual with unique abilities and needs, therefore he/she is in need of an appropriate individualized educational plan.

We believe the communication approach to be used should vary based on student need, however auditory, verbal and visual modes of communication are all stressed. Related services are provided with an integrated approach in an effort to support the self-advocacy, language/linguistic, social/emotional, vocational and technological needs of this unique population.

Instructional Program Design

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Instructional Program is housed in age appropriate Public School classrooms for students ranging in age from 3 to 21 years. The program uses a multidisciplinary team approach with services being provided by a classroom teacher, speech/language pathologist, audiologist, social worker, transition/vocation specialist, and psychologist. A strong effort is made to ensure parents/guardians are a part of this team.

The team works together to address the unique academic, linguistic, social-emotional, and vocational needs of the deaf and hard of hearing students. Students are provided with academic opportunities in deaf and hard of hearing self-contained classrooms using the standards based general education curriculum with or without accommodations and modifications. There are also academic opportunities available within the regular education classrooms when appropriate. A wide variety of extra curricular opportunities with accommodations and modifications are made available to the students.

Program Supervisor:
Brenda Schmidt
(708) 342-5387

Program Secretary
Rita Svane

Program Locations and Calendars:

Oakwood School
1130 Kim Place
Lemont, Illinois 60439
(630) 257-2286
District 113A Calendar

Old Quarry School
16100 127th Street
Lemont, Illinois 60439
(630) 257-2286, ext. 4101
District 113A Calendar

River Valley School
15425 127th Street
Lemont, IL 60439
District 113A Calendar

Lemont High School
800 Porter Street
Lemont, Illinois 60439
(630) 257-5838
District 210 Calendar


DHH Program Information:

DHH Newsletter
DHH Early Childhood
DHH Elementary
DHH Junior High
DHH High School
DHH Itinerant Program Design

Role of the Itinerant
Classroom Strategies

DHH Audiological Review Committee
DHH Resources
DHH Forms


Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education
6020 W. 151st Street  | Oak Forest, IL 60452
(Telephone) 708-687-0900 | (TTY) 708-687-2151
(Fax) 708-687-5695

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