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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:


  • Sherri Vernelson,Section Chief, Sensory Support & Assistive Technology (SSAT), 919.807.3982
  • Rachael Ragin, Regions 1&2 - 919.324.3890
  • Sharon Moore, Regions 3&4 - 336.324.1229
  • Krista Heavner, Regions 5&6 - 919.215.6474
  • Michele Neal, Regions 7&8 - 336.497.6456


Listservs for All Educational Interpreters & Deaf Educators

DPI maintains three listervs. They are Deaf Ed Professionals, Educational Audiologists and Educational Interpreters/Cued Language Transliterators. You can join any or all listservs by contacting Dr. Rachael Ragin at the NCDPI 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.


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