Deaf/Hard of Hearing Student 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 Itinerant Services include:

Birth to Age 3 Age 3 through 21
(in addition to items under Birth to 3)
  • 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


Early Start Deaf/Hard of Hearing Educational Specialists (Birth to age 3)

Name (click to email) Phone
Sarah Buhre (925) 698-2765
Nina Mostepan (925) 408-0657

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Name (click to email)                                                              Phone                                                                             Location     
Megan Reither                                                                                                                         Diablo Vista Elementary Rm 2    


Deaf/Hard of Hearing Educational Specialists (Ages 3 through 21)

Name (click to email) Phone Region
Jacqie Mosqueira (510) 919-0377 Far East County Region
 Patty McVeigh   (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

Instructional Assistants

Name (click to email) Phone
Nadia Lahham (925) 777-2000 ext. 1114
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