State of Rhode Island

Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Executive Department/Established in 1977. Restructured in 1992.

Northern RI Collaborative's Auditory - Oral Program

Donna Rizzo

Orchard Farms Elementary School

1555 Scituate Avenue

Cranston, RI 02921

(401) 270-8725 Voice

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Summary: The Auditory-Oral Program offers an educational option for eligible children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk as their primary way of communicating and learning. The program opened in April 2005. The program’s MISSION is to prepare children to successfully join their hearing peers in general early childhood or elementary classroom settings in their home district by offering a period of intensive auditory and spoken language development as well as a continuum of services for students in the general education setting in their home schools.

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)

Ken Wagner, Commissioner

255 Westminster Street

Providence, RI 02903

(401) 222-4600 Voice

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Summary: RIDE and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education aim to lead and support schools and communities in ensuring that all students achieve at the high levels needed to lead fulfilling and productive lives, to succeed in academic and employment settings, and to contribute to society.


Rhode Island School for the Deaf (RISD)

Nancy Maguire Heath, Director

One Corliss Park

Providence, RI 02908

(401) 222-3525 Voice

(401) 216-8425 Videophone

(401) 243-1024 Fax

Web site:

The Rhode Island School for the Deaf is a State of RI resource center, established by statute, to provide a variety of professional and educational services to students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, wherever they learn in Rhode Island.

RISDeaf has served RI’s children for 140 years. Our spectrum of services consists of:

• 0-3 services for very young children and their families,

• Free audiology screenings through age 18 years,

• Bilingual-bimodal public school (ASL/English), offering Preschool-Grade 12 academic classrooms,

• 18-21 prevocational, special education services,

• Transition Academy: 1 year post-grad program addressing unmet transition needs,

• Outreach services to districts, charters, agencies serving deaf/hard-of-hearing students.

Information on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children's Bill of Rights

Chapter 16-25.2 - Instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

RI-MA-CT Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children's Educational Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children