Deaf/Hard of Hearing Student Services

District Services

Our Mission: To ensure that every child with a hearing loss is fully engaged in the learning process with access to communication, development and academic performance to afford him or her the opportunity to develop to his or her fullest intellectual and personal potential to function.

Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing have unique educational needs. Contra Costa County Deaf/Hard of Hearing Student Services strives to provide resources for educators, families, and the community for the 18 districts we serve. We draw on research, experience and proven best practices to design a blueprint for meeting the needs of this exceptional group of students.

Typical DHH Itinerant Services 
3 - 21 years of age

  • Communication Strategies
  • Language Development
  • Auditory Skills Development
  • Speech Development
  • Cognitive and Play Development
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Information regarding Amplification Options
  • Sign Language Development
  • Literacy Development
  • Role Model and Peer Opportunities
  • Language Development 
  • Instructional Accommodations
  • Environmental Accommodations
  • Hearing Assistance Technology
  • Educational Interpreting
  • Transcription/Captioning
  • Counseling
  • Advocacy/Self-Advocacy
  • Audiological Management


Deaf/Hard of Hearing Educational Specialists 
Name (click to email) Phone Region
Jacqie Mosqueira (510) 919-0377 Far East County Region
Patty Ruotolo (707) 338-1645 Lamorinda Region 
Destiny Castellanos  (925) 230-9769 County Wide Region
John Tracy (707) 863-1779 East County Region

Educational Audiologist

Name (click to email) Phone Region
Katie Ugarte (925) 837-6007 ext. 2108 County Wide

Department Assistant

Name (click to email) Phone
Laura Hillebrandt (925) 777-2000, ext 1114
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