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Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Vision Statement

The Edmonds School Districts Regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program pursues excellence for students in Deaf Education through visually accessible learning environments that promote literacy, problem solving skills, and academic and social growth in the least restrictive environment (LRE).  Staff empower students to develop their intellectual, social and emotional potential to the fullest in order to function as a contributing member of today’s society.  The program has Teachers of the Deaf working alongside highly trained para-educators providing American Sign Language, English and technological literacy with total dedication to the students.  Additionally, this program provides support services staff (SLP, Counselor, Psychologist, and Hearing Therapists) trained in the field of Deafness. Students engage in safe learning environments that are designed to encourage equality and respect, utilizing a rigorous curriculum that meets the needs of the Common Core State Standards. The Edmonds Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is committed to on-going partnerships with families, communities and school districts.  

The Program

Our program is a regional program that provides access to quality education to students who use sign language from ages 3-21. We are currently serving 60 students from 18 different school districts north, east and west of Seattle, Washington.  Services provided include:

  • a comprehensive and effective educational environment;
  • a critical mass of Deaf peers in each classroom that provides social, emotional and academic advantages to the students;
  • small group and 1:1 support in a variety of settings such as self-contained classrooms, team teaching (teacher of deaf with general education teacher), blended classes (teacher of the deaf teaches deaf and hearing students together), and general education classes with interpreter support; direct specialized instruction to enhance independence, academic, communication and social skills;
  • direct and indirect American Sign Language instruction;
  • opportunities to develop pride in their Deaf culture as a part of the Deaf community and feel comfortable working and socializing with their hearing peers; parent support and education;
  • consultation with other schools and neighboring districts regarding students with hearing loss;
  • interpreter services for students in general education classes, District offered before and after school or weekend activities, and Special Olympics;
  • and interpreter services for deaf staff and community members at district activities.

Ultimately, DHH students gain the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish their goals and become successful, productive and contributing citizens of society.

The instructional program focuses on the skills necessary to meet the proficiency and graduation requirements established by the Edmonds School District.  Diplomas are awarded to students meeting these regular or differential standards as indicated in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).  In addition to the basic academic program, students receive career and vocational preparation.  Services to attain these goals are provided by specialized personnel trained in instruction, speech and language therapy, interpreting, audiological services, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and career planning.  All program staff are fluent in sign language and are trained and experienced in the field of Deaf Education.

Communication Philosophy

We provide a conceptually accurate signed environment using American Sign Language (ASL) primarily and Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE) with added support from a broad range of aural/oral and manual communication modes to meet individual student needs.  Our goal is to provide a language rich environment that will enhance language acquisition and facilitate the development of communication competency in both ASL and English.

For more information:

Alicia Carter

Director of Deaf Program
Phone: 425-431-7213
Email: Alicia Carter

DHH Blog

EWHS Deaf Program Does Broadway!


Once again the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program, with Lori Seago, reaps the benefits of a collaboration with
Seattle Theatre Group. Five years ago it was a project with the Broadway production of War Horse. This time,
the EWHS Deaf students and staff had the amazing opportunity to attend the ASL interpreted performance of
Hamilton. Prior to seeing this inspiring play, the students reviewed Alexander Hamilton’s life and
achievements, along with learning the name signs to be used for each character in the play. As a follow-up, a
Hip Hop dance artist, Rex Kinney, is meeting with Seago’s students for 3 sessions of Hip Hop. Many thanks to
Seattle Theatre Group for making these opportunities available for our deaf students. And thank you to the
staff supporters…Elizabeth Sieler, Kristy Sorenson, Jennifer Luce and Emily Bishop.

Group Photo in Front of Hamilton

EWH Students practicing dance moves


Junior Achievement Biztown

Posted by Courtney Sand at 6/8/2017

Check out an amazing video created by Kyle Seago on the Deaf Junior Achievement World experience our DHH students (4th - 12th) participate in annually.




EWH DAB team places 8th in nationals at Gallaudet University

Posted by Courtney Sand at 5/6/2016

EWH DAB Team Photo At Gallaudet University

The Edmonds Woodway High Warriors placed second in the West Regional Academic Bowl held in March, 2016 at the California School for The Edmonds Woodway High Warriors placed second in the West Regional Acthe Deaf in Fremont. The team advanced to the National Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard and Hearing High School Students hosted by Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., this past Sunday and Monday, April 23rd -24th.  The team did an excellent job and made it to the quarter finals.  One of the top eight in the nation. 

Established in 1864, Gallaudet University is the world's only liberal arts university in which all programs and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.

 The Edmonds Woodway High School team is comprised of players Milo Seals, Jake Miller, Harland Ontiveros-Meza, and Riley Beck and Coaches Paul Glaser and Corey Clark.

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Academic Bowl. Gallaudet University established the Academic Bowl for deaf and hard of hearing high school students in 1996. The competition consists of a question and answer game of general knowledge and quick recall. Questions are drawn from the following categories: history and government, language and literature, science and technology, geography, mathematics, the arts, deaf studies, current events, and pop culture, leisure, and sports.

Every year, Gallaudet hosts five regional competitions for up to 90 teams of deaf and hard of hearing high school students. Twenty-four teams then advance to the national competition.

Rockville High School, Maryland won the 2016 National Academic Bowl, Texas School for the Deaf in Austin placed second, California School for the Deaf, Fremont placed third, and Starr's Mills High School, in Fayetteville, Georgia placed 4th. 

"The Academic Bowl is a way to engage deaf and hard of hearing students from all over the country in learning about a variety of topics in a fun and unique way," said Jesse Saunders, associate director of Youth Programs and Outreach. "The students who make it to the national competition have the chance to put those skills to the test while networking with peers and visiting our historic campus. We are proud of all the teams who participated in the regional competition and look forward to the national competition in April."

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.

The photo above is of the team with Nyles DiMarco, the secret guest who met all the participants who was the winner of America's Next Top Model and currently on Dancing with the Stars.  Pictured left to right:  Coach Paul Glaser, Jake Miller (Sr.), Harland Ontiveros-Meza (Sr.), Nyles DiMarco, Riley Beck (So.), Milo Seal (Jr.) and coach Corey Clark. 



Alicia D. Carter, Director

Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Vision Program

425-431-7213 V

206-556-7695 VP

425-431-7985 FAX



DAB is Headed to Nationals

Posted by Courtney Sand at 3/25/2016


EWH DAB Team will be headed to Gallaudet April 22-26th for the National Competition! 

EWH DAB Team Photo at California School for the DeafEWH DAB Team Photo at Gallaudet


Deaf Awareness Week at Madrona March 28-April 1

Posted by Courtney Sand at 3/25/2016

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