Eligibility, Admission, Placement
Any student from birth to 21 (inclusive) whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) live within the boundaries of one of the 29 member districts could be eligible for membership in the RDSPD. Eligibility (as defined by the Texas Education Agency) is based on the type and degree of documented hearing loss as well as the subsequent linguistic impact and educational need. Only the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee can establish a student’s eligibility for services, appropriate instructional arrangement, setting, and placement. While educational placement of the RDSPD is made by the ARD committee, the location of its classes is determined by the RDSPD Management Board.