Sonoma County Office of Education

Special Education

V.I. and DHH Programs

Students with low incidence disabilities, including hearing loss and/or vision impairments, are provided with specialized support in district schools, special education classrooms, and other community settings. Services may be provided as “pull out” activities, where students are taken out of their classroom for specialized support during the school day, or as consultation and direct assistance provided within the context of the classroom.

Accessibility Notice

If you need assistance with any of the forms provided on this page, please contact: Chelsea Siegel, Administrator, for assistance by phone at 707- 524-2700, or email at csiegel@scoe.org.

DHH Program

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing from 3 to 22 years old, whose hearing loss ranges from mild to profound. The program offers a continuum of services that is based on student need and responds to communication preferences.

DHH Resource

100 Signs for Parents and Teachers
Supporting Success for Kids with Hearing Loss
California Department of Rehabilitation
AG Bell: Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center
DeafTEC-Technological Education Center
California Children's Services

DHH Screening

Students are considered for referral to the DHH Program when district personnel complete and submit a DHH Screening Packet (zipped folder). This screening packet is reviewed by a SCOE DHH specialist to provide assistance to the district in determining if an assessment for special education eligibility is appropriate. If the district finds that an assessment is appropriate, then an assessment plan will be developed and sent to the parent or educational rights holder for review and consent.

DHH Referral

If an assessment is recommended, a SELPA Special Education Referral form is completed and signed by appropriate school personnel. Other documents may also be required from the school or sent to the student's parents at this time.

DHH Referral Forms

Special Education Referral (pdf)
Consent to Release or Exchange Information, English (pdf)
Consent to Release or Exchange Information, Spanish (pdf)
Special Education Rights of Parents and Children, English (pdf)
Special Education Rights of Parents and Children, Spanish (pdf)

DHH Referral Instructions

Submit referrals to:
SCOE DHH Program
Sonoma County Office of Education
5340 Skylane Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Fax (707) 578-3156

Visually Impaired Program

The Special Education Department at SCOE provides services and learning resources for students from 3 to 22 years old who meet the eligibility criteria for Visual Impairment (VI). VI support may range from daily intervention for students with intense needs – Braille users or students with very low vision, for example – to monthly consultation for students who require less assistance. Learn more in this overview of Services for Students with Visual Impairments (pdf).

Visually Impaired Referral

Visually Impaired Referral Forms

Physician Response Form (pdf)
Special Education Referral, SELPA 21 (pdf)
Special Education Referral Addendum (pdf)
VI Consent to Release Form (pdf)
VI Consent to Release Form, Spanish (pdf)

Visually Impaired Referral Instructions

Submit referrals to:
SCOE VI Program
Sonoma County Office of Education
5340 Skylane Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Fax (707) 578-3156