The Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program serves eligible students with a documented hearing loss that negatively impacts communication skills and/or access to the core curriculum. Services are provided to students from ages 3 to 22 through the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Itinerant or Special Day Program. A major focus of DHH services is on the development of receptive and expressive language skills with emphasis on the use of residual hearing and amplification when appropriate. Itinerant students receive specially designed instruction and services in the general education classrooms, special day programs (other than a DHH special day program) and special school. DHH Special Day Programs promote academic progress by developing language and literacy skills utilizing oral communication, total communication or dual language methodologies. Many students utilize the services of sign language interpreters to participate in general education classes and extra-curricular activities. Collaboration with general education teachers, school staff and parents is essential.