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The IESDB Outreach Program offers preschool and community-based options for deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) and blind or visually impaired (B/VI) children ages of 3 -5 in the state of Idaho. The D/HH programs offer total communication (sign language and speech) and auditory-oral (aural and speech) choices:

  • Vocabulary and language development.
  • Introduction to basic concepts.
  • Kindergarten readiness.
  • Listening activities, sensory, and social skills.

The B/VI program focuses on similar goals in addition to:

  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Pre-Braille activities

There are several preschool and community-based centers in Idaho where we are serving 8 to 10+ children. Staff in our preschool centers and community-based includes at least one teacher and a teaching assistant. For more information, please contact the regional preschool centers.

Region 1, Coeur d'Alene

  • Cortney Peters, Total Communication

Region 4, Ponderosa Elementary School, Meridian

  • Kristi Blacker, Total Communication
  • Joy Kane and Lauren Stoltzfus, Auditory-Oral

Region 5, ISDB Campus, Gooding

  • Valerie McCabe, Total Communication
  • Jodie Hamilton, Special Needs
  • Judi Lethlean, B/VI

Region 6 - ISU Campus, Pocatello

  • Donna Wesen, Total Communication