The Trust has been running the Hearing Impairment Service on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council since 1 April 2012.  HAST works closely with CBC to ensure that the services continue to be developed to support local need.  Hearing Impaired (HI) learners will have the best quality of provision from 0 – 18 within the HAST community. 

The service supports children and young people with hearing impairments from birth or identification of the hearing loss.  Peripatetic support is provided through home visits alongside nursery and pre-school visits and on to the child's local school.  HAST manages three hearing impairment provisions within Toddington St George C of E School, Parkfields Middle School and Harlington Upper School, drawing on 30 years of experience, and are able to provide a deaf friendly environment where HI learners from age 3-18 can thrive academically, emotionally and socially.  Provision for HI learners is not an “add-on” but a fully integrated provision operating within mainstream education. 

Support for children and young people attending their local schools is provided by a team of qualified teachers of the deaf working across Central Bedfordshire.  We also have a nursery nurse who works with the very young children, alongside your child's Teacher of the Deaf.  The HI Manager also provides educational audiological support.

Please contact Kevin Ward (HI Manager), who is based at Harlington Upper School on 01525 751285 or Elizabeth Ciampi (Commissioned Services Manager for HAST) on 01525 306945 if you have any questions.