"North Idaho’s early learners who are deaf and hard of hearing will likely receive additional local educational support next year.

The Idaho Bureau of Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind is preparing to open a Total Communication classroom for preschoolers, the first in North Idaho, and plans are in the works for it to be hosted by the Coeur d’Alene School District. ...

... The classroom in Coeur d’Alene will serve children from throughout Idaho’s Region 1 which comprises the state’s five northern counties. Each school district will be responsible for their students’ expenses and transportation to Coeur d’Alene.

The IESDB serves children from birth through age 21. However, according to the organization’s administrator, Brian Darcy, 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents, which means those hard of hearing kids are usually identified a little later. ... "

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