About SOC

  • In 1995, the 74th Texas legislative session mandated the establishment of a statewide resource center, the Statewide Outreach Center (SOC) at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), for the improvement of educational outcomes for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Texas. The center’s operating base is on the Texas School for the Deaf campus from which services and resources are disseminated to students, their families and the professionals who support them around the state.

    What We Do

    • Increase awareness that each deaf and hard of hearing student can achieve his/her full potential when provided appropriate educational opportunities.

    • Direct you to the appropriate agency, program, service, information, or resource.

    • Provide programs and services for families and their deaf or hard of hearing students (Birth to twenty-two). 

    • Extend access to SOC resources, programs, and services through statewide events and online opportunities.

    • Collaborate with educational agencies, public or private entities to provide the most effective and efficient delivery of services.

    • Create online resources and materials for use in family or professional settings.

    • Provide resources, activities and programs to students from Birth to 22.

    • Deliver professional development training and resources to professionals who provide educational or related services to students.

    • Conduct research and development of resources or programs to meet current and future needs.