Adopted by the 74th Texas Legislative session, Texas Education Code §30.051(b),(c),(d), mandates that Texas School for the Deaf shall establish a primary statewide resource center known as the Statewide Outreach Center (SOC) to provide the following statewide services:
- Provide information and resources to school districts on promoting excellence in educational services for deaf and hard of hearing students.
- Collaborate with state, regional and local educational agencies to provide new or improved programs and methods to serve the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students and their families.
- Cooperate with public and private entities in the planning, development and implementation of effective educational and rehabilitative service delivery systems designed to provide and maximize educational resources and services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in addition to vocational training and independent living skills.
- Engage and offer training and professional development resources at the community level who are stakeholders in providing educational and related services to deaf and hard of hearing students; and
- Conduct research and development to demonstrate improved methods of providing educational services meeting the current and future needs of deaf or hard of hearing students.
With support from partners, SOC focuses on statewide services to improve educational outcomes for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Texas. We serve three primary audiences: the students, their families, and the professionals who support them.
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Bobbie Beth Scoggins. Ed.D.
Director, Statewide Outreach Center
Texas School for the Deaf
(512) 462-5329 (T)
(512) 410-1162 (VP)
Our Goals at the Statewide Outreach Center are:
- To direct you to the appropriate agency, program, service, information, or resource needed to serve deaf and hard of hearing students anywhere in the state.
- To provide programs and services designed specifically for families and their deaf and hard of hearing children (birth up to twenty-two) who attend schools and educational programs throughout Texas.
- To deliver training for professional development and support.
- To create resources and materials readily available to you online.
- To extend access to SOC resources, programs, and services through events in a variety of locations statewide and through video conferencing opportunities.
- To collaborate with programs throughout the state to provide the most effective and efficient services.
- To increase awareness that each deaf and hard of hearing student can achieve his/her full potential when provided appropriate educational opportunities.