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Deaf & Hard of Hearing

The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Program serves as a resource to local education agencies and the two schools for the deaf. Consultants for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Program are available for consultation in program planning and development, training, mentoring and technical assistance that lead to a quality education for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The NC Dept of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children's Division now contains the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Program. This program, previously known as the Resource Support Program with the Office of Education Services, joined the EC Division in October 2010.

For assistance with policies for serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing or to access the list serves for professionals who serve students with hearing loss, contact Dr. Ragin. She will also serve as liaison to the NC School for the Deaf and the Eastern NC School for the Deaf. For technical assistance/consultation in LEAs, contact Ms. Heavner who will coordinate consulting teachers and technical assistance visits. You may contact members of the team by clicking on the names below:


Rachael Ragin, Regions 1, 2, &4 - 919.324.3890
Krista Heavner, Regions 6&8 - 919.215.6474
Michele Neal,  Regions 5&7 - 336.497.6456
Sherri Vernelson, Regions 1, 2, &3 - 919.500.0218
Sharon Moore, Regions 3&5 - 336.324.1229
Aubrey Quinlan, Regions 7&8 - 704.500.3167


Listservs for All Educational Interpreters & Deaf Educators

DPI announces the establishment of two listervs. You can join the listserv for either Educational Interpreters and Transliterators or Deaf Educators and Professionals working with children with hearing loss by following the directions below.

  1. Send an email to (Educational Interpreters and Transliterators)(and/or (Deaf educators and professionals) from the email where you wish to receive information.
  2. You will receive an email from the list serve directing you to click a link for the final process. Once you click the link the process is completed.
  3. You will receive an email stating that you are now a member of the specific list serve.

These listservs are moderated by Dr. Rachael Ragin at the NCDPI. You may contact her at


Teacher's Corner
Information for teachers of the hearing impaired.

Parent's Corner
Information for parents.

Audiologists' Corner
Information for audiologists and auditory-verbal therapists, and resources on technology and the usher syndrome.

Interpreters' Corner
Information for educational interpreters, and resources on training opportunities, programs and technology.

Psychologists' Corner
Information on psychologists who can test difficult-to-serve children with hearing loss, contacts and links.

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