• Ector County Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD)
    Sign Hands

    Coordinated Through the Ector County Independent School District, Odessa, Texas
    Providing educational services for deaf and hard of hearing students from Ector County ISD and nearby districts through shared services agreements.
    Our RDSPD Program Serves Students:
    • Birth to 22 years of age
    • With hearing impairment that significantly impacts the development of language and/or performance in school
    • From more than 15 school districts in West Texas, including:
                Andrews ISD
                Big Spring ISD 
                Coahoma ISD
                Crane ISD
                Ector County (Fiscal Agent)  
                Forsan ISD 
                Fort Stockton ISD 
                Glasscock ISD
                Grady ISD 
                Greenwood ISD 
                Iraan-Sheffield IS 
                Kermit ISD 
                McCamey ISD 
                Midland ISD       
                Monahans-Wickett-Pyote ISD 
                Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD 
                Rankin ISD 
                Reagan County ISD 
                Stanton ISD 
                other Region 18 districts as needed
    Highly Specialized Staff
    Our Regional Day School staff includes a variety of specialists knowledgeable in educating students with hearing losses.

    Our staff includes:
    • Certified Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    • Certified Sign Langauge Interpreters
    • A Speech Therapist, Diagnostician and Supervisor experienced in serving hearing impaired students
    • Teaching Assistants

    Some audiological services are provided through contracts with local licensed audiologists.

    Transportation is provided by local school districts.
    Providing A Variety of Services:
    • Parent /Infant Advisor provides in-home training and support for parents of young deaf children from birth until three years of age.
    • A pre-school program for three to five year old hearing impaired students.
    • Sign language classes are offered for parents, staff and the community annually.
    Wide Range of Classroom Services
    • Many students are mainstreamed into regular classes with or without interpreters, as needed.
    • Special small classes with certified teachers of the deaf, from pre-school through high school, are common.
    • Students take a combination of special deaf education classes and general education classes as appropriate.
    Communication Philosophy
    The communication needs for each child are determined by the Admission/Review/Dismissal (ARD) committee based on assessment. Students are provided access to communication and are helped to reach their potential through:
    • Intensive language development
    • Speech therapy
    • Use of amplification and auditory training
    • Use of sign language as needed (Signing Exact English is used)
    Referral Process
    • Referral is usually by home district
    • Hearing impaired infants are also referred by the Texas Early Childhood Intervention Agency, pediatricians,hospitals, audiologists, family members and others.
    • Students are assessed by the home district prior to enrollemt. The RDSPD can assist with this assessment as needed.
    • Students are assessed in depth every three years after enrollment in the program.

    Coordination with Other Agencies

    Our program works closely with other agencies including:
    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
    Early Childhood Intervention
    Texas Education Agency, Division of the Deaf
    Permian Basin Rehabilitation Services
    Health Care Professionals
    Education Service Center Region 18
    Other Region 18 School Districts


    Helpful Links To More Information

    Alexander  Graham Bell

    The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is the world's oldest and largest membership organization promoting the use of spoken language by children and adults with hearing loss.

    American  Deafness and
    Rehabilitation Association

    For professionals who serve individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    American  Speech
    Language Hearing Association

    Committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.

    Association  of Late
    Deafened Adults (ALDA)

    Committed to providing a support network and a sense of belonging by sharing our unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies, helping one another find practical solutions and emotional support, and working together with other organizations and service providers for our common good.

    Captioned  Media

    The Captioned Media Program (CMP) provides all persons who are deaf or hard of hearing awareness of and equal access to communication and learning through the use of captioned educational media and supportive collateral materials. The CMP also acts as a captioning information and training center. The ultimate goal of the CMP is to permit media to be an integral part in the lifelong learning process for all stakeholders in the deaf and hard of hearing community: adults, students, parents, and educators.


    Deaf Celebration is an exciting event that brings together the deaf and hearing communities.

    Deafness Research Foundation

    Provides medical information regarding deafness and hearing loss.


    Texas' largest subscribed newsletter and web site for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Includes resources and information of interest to deaf and hard of hearing Texans.


    Provides information on topics related to hearing loss.


    Consumer based hearing healthcare articles, testimonials, interviews, and other related content. Helpful link for consumers to find the most up to date information on hearing aids, cochlear implants, tinnitus and all other hearing healthcare topics.

    Hearing  Loss
    Association of America

    A volunteer, international organization of hard of hearing people, their relatives and friends. It is a nonprofit, non-sectarian educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well.

    The  Listen-Up

    Information for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    National  Association of
    the Deaf (NAD)

    The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America.

    National  Institute
    on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

    NIH's mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. Simply described, the goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability.

    Registry  of Interpreters
    for the Deaf

    Provides training for new and professional Interpreters, certification through RID's National Testing System (NTS), and self-regulation through a national Ethical Practices System (EPS).

    Texas  Association of
    Parents and Educators for the Deaf

    Dedicated to promoting excellence and equality for all students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Texas  Association
    of the Deaf

    A membership organization providing information and education on various issues affecting the lives of individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at all levels of the community.

    Texas  Court Reporters

    Contains a list of court reporters trained to provide real-time captioning (CART Providers) around Texas as well as information for court reporters.

    Education Agency  Division of Deaf Services

    A state agency providing services regarding deaf education.

    Hands and Voices

    Services for families and their children age birth to 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Texas  School for
    the Deaf

    Provides a positive learning and living environment which addresses the unique needs of a diverse population of deaf learners and enables them to become productive members of society.

    Texas  Society of
    Interpreters for the Deaf

    A non-profit organization established for the purpose of developing and strengthening the profession of interpreting in Texas.

    Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Transition information, resources, strategies and events for parents, students, and professionals.

    Disorders Association

    VEDA is a nonprofit organization that provides information to the public and health professionals about inner-ear balance disorders such as Meniere's disease, BPPV, and labyrinthitis.

    To Contact Us
    Ector County Regional Day School Program for the Deaf
    Ector County ISD
    PO Box 3912
    Odessa, TX., 79760
    Dr. Tracy Canter, Executive Director of Special Education, Ector County ISD
    Rakia Musa, Director, Ector County RDSPD

    Phone: 432-456-1919
    Fax:     432-456-8718


Last Modified on September 22, 2017