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Columbus Hearing Impaired Program

Columbus Hearing Impaired Program C.H.I.P.

The Columbus Hearing Impaired Program (CHIP) is a comprehensive program for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Hearing Impaired Program has been part of the Columbus City Schools since the 1950's and is presently servicing over 200 students from the Central Ohio area. The program provides educational services to students in Columbus and thirty-five different school districts. Mrs. Marcia Orvets is the Program Supervisor and the Principal of Alexander Graham Bell School.

The Columbus Hearing Impaired Program (C.H.I.P.) exists to meet the individual learning needs of hearing impaired children ages 3 - 21 in Central Ohio.

CHIP strives to create flexible school environments in which all students who are deaf or hard of hearing may participate. We encourage children to participate in all activities, academic and non-academic, which provide appropriate challenge and interest.

All programs and services provide opportunities to realize students' potential in the areas of cognition, social/emotional growth, communication competence, physical health, creative and artistic talents, career development and personal well-being.

CHIP strives to prepare children to become citizens who contribute to the greater society in positive ways. It is the role of CHIP to set the expectation for students that they will be self-sufficient, self-supporting and happy.

Program Features

Located at Huy Elementary / A. G. Bell, the preschool provides a full day of age appropriate activities, unless individual needs require a modified program.

Instruction at grades K - 12 follows the Columbus City Schools Benchmarks for Learning while also developing the students' skills in communication, language concepts, socialization and physical education. The curriculum also includes special emphasis in speech and language development, reading, writing and career education.

LCE provides opportunities to explore the world of work and to establish work related skills and attitudes through hands-on activities. LCE is provided for students in the sixth through the eighth grades.

Students who desire to train for a career at the high school level have a wide variety of career training programs to select from in the Columbus City Schools' career centers.

A wide array of clubs and sports activities provide opportunities for students to participate with both hearing and deaf peers.

Communication Options
Oral/aural classes provide the opportunity to develop communication skills through a variety of techniques including speech, auditory training, speech reading, reading, writing, natural body language, and other types of non-verbal communication.

Total communication classes add sign language in addition to all the communication skills offered in oral/aural classes.
Services Available to Students and Parents

Educational Consultants
Electronics Repair

Work-Study Coordinator
School Psychologist

Speech/Language Pathologist


Preschool Parent Education Teachers
Parent Teacher Association

Educational Assistants

Inclusion Support Teachers

All programs and services are available at no cost to parents and students.
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