The Specialized Child Study Teams for Children who are
Deaf or Hard of Hearing have been established to provide diagnostic
educational evaluations to New Jersey’s children and youth who have a
confirmed hearing loss and are age appropriate to receive school services.
Services are also available to hearing children of Deaf adults, or for
students who use, or are being considered for using sign language as their
primary mode of communication.
Evaluations are contracted and
paid for by school districts, however, parents can request the services of
the SCST at an IEP meeting, or a meeting held to develop an evaluation
The Specialized Child Study Teams have been established through
the cooperative efforts of the Office of Special Education, the Office of
Direct Services and the
Katzenbach School for the
Deaf, all within the New
Jersey Department of Education. The teams are supported by a combination
of fees for services and funds from the Individuals With Disabilities
Education Act, Part-B.
Additional Services to School
The Department of Education
mandates the position of a Regional Consultant for children with hearing
loss. The Regional Consultant provides assistance in the improvement of
educational programs and services for students who are Deaf or Hard of
Hearing. The duties of the Regional Consultant include assisting
district Child Study Team members in the educational evaluation and
development of an appropriate Individual Education Program (IEP).