Cooperative Placement

Meeting Student Needs

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ASDB’s Regional Cooperatives are an integral part of the continuum of service provision options available to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind in Arizona. This continuum ranges from integration into general education classrooms in the student’s neighborhood school to placement at one of ASDB site-based programs. Services, accommodations, modifications and placement decisions for each student are made by the student’s IEP team considering the least restrictive environment that will meet the student’s unique needs. Attention is given to student placement that promotes appropriate linguistic and social development. Student needs are highly individualized and impacted by issues such as age of the student, hearing or vision levels, age of onset, and the presence or absence of additional disabilities.