MARCH 2-5, 2021

(Virtually the same conference, without elevators, airplane tickets, or hotel room keys)


3/04/2021  |   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM   |  Tele-Education: Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the Mainstream   |  Networking

Tele-Education: Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the Mainstream

In the age of technological advancement and early intervention, more deaf and hard of hearing students are finding their way into mainstream environments. These students still need support from a teacher certified in working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. College students going into teacher preparation programs has declined (2016) by 23%. Only 9% of those college students are going into Exceptional Student Education. With less and less people going into special education, deaf and hard of hearing students are at a greater risk of being underserved. Students in remote schools can often not get the support they need due to a simple lack of qualified personnel. This requires some creative thinking. Virtual education has been used successfully for different learners. What if we use virtual learning to bring a qualified teacher on board. This presentation will discuss the benefits and challenges that may be faced in using this approach. Case studies will demonstrate how you may use this delivery method, to connect DHH students with a qualified teacher who can support the individual child’s educational needs. This interactive online platform also allows DHH teacher’s to not only provide support to the student, but also to the classroom teacher . This is particularly important as the DHH population only represents 1% of the special education environment. Therefore, many teachers may have little or no experience working with children with hearing loss. This type of service model can allow the professionals to discuss challenges and strategies that may ultimately help the DHH student. As technology progresses and student numbers are on the rise, we are challenged to find creative ways to meet the needs of DHH students. Looking at tele-education as a supplement to traditional education may just be the way to reach this growing need.

  • Participants will be able to discuss the need for tele-education practices for deaf and hard of hearing students.
  • Participants will be able to examine possible formats and instructional platforms for delivering services.
  • Participants will understand the benefits and challenges with tele-education.


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Alexandria Mestres (), University of Miami Children's Hearing Program, asm120@med.miami.edu;
Alex Mestres, a Miami native, attended Flagler College where she received a degree in Education of the Hearing Impaired and Elementary Education. Alex also has a wide variety of experience and credentialing in early childhood. She has worked in the private sector as an administrator, professional development trainer, and consultant. More recently she served as the department chairperson for Deaf and Hard of Hearing services with Miami Dade County Public School. While with the county she oversaw the itinerant teacher program and provided technical assistance to a wide variety of schools. Alex currently serves as a consultant and provides all deaf and hard of hearing services for Academica Charter Schools as well as Charter Schools USA. Along with those responsibilities, she is the educational specialist at the University Miami's Children's Hearing Program where she provides educational support for families of children with hearing loss.


Financial -
No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial -
No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.