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ERIC Number: ED012999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 62
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Reference Count: 0
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NEW FRONTIERS FOR RESEARCH ON DEAF-BLINDNESS. PROCEEDINGS OF A SEMINAR CONDUCTED BY THE INDUSTRIAL HOME FOR THE BLIND WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION ADMINISTRATION, APRIL 15, 1966.
RUSALEM, HERBERT; AND OTHERS
POSITION PAPERS, DISCUSSION, AND RESEARCH PROPOSALS COVER COMMUNICATION, LEARNING, REHABILITATION, AND RESETTLEMENT. COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS OF THE DEAF BLIND ARE RELATED TO OTHER CONCEPTS OF COMMUNICATION. VERBAL SYMBOLS AND NONVERBAL SOUNDS IN COMMUNICATIVE PERCEPTION AND THE COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE ROLES OF THE LANGUAGE OF SOUND IN RELATION TO ACTIVITIES ARE EXPLORED. IN RELATING THESE CONCEPTS TO PROBLEMS OF DEAFNESS, DISCRIMINATION MUST BE MADE BETWEEN COMMUNICATIVE BEHAVIOR AND COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS. THE DISADVANTAGED ENVIRONMENT OF DEAFNESS OR BLINDNESS INDUCES SIGNIFICANT BEHAVIORAL CONSEQUENCES. THUS, THE GOAL OF DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT MUST BE THE IMPROVEMENT OF TOTAL BEHAVIOR. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COGNITION AND SEEING AND HEARING, THE EFFECT OF SOCIAL ISOLATION ON LEARNING, AND THE ROLE OF LANGUAGE AND VISUAL STIMULI IN THE LEARNING PROCESS NEED FURTHER INVESTIGATION. WITHDRAWAL AND AVOIDANCE MANIFESTATIONS IN BOTH DEAF BLIND PERSONS AND THEIR SEEING AND HEARING ASSOCIATES SUGGEST THAT HEIGHTENED LIFE INTEREST AND INCREASED INVOLVEMENT OF DEAF BLIND PERSONS IN EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES MIGHT ELICIT POSITIVE RESPONSES FROM ASSOCIATES WHICH WOULD INFLUENCE TENURE OF SERVICE AND EFFECTIVENESS OF VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF. AN ANALYSIS OF THE LANGUAGE STRUCTURE OF THE DEAF BLIND IS NEEDED IN DEVELOPING AN IMPROVED LANGUAGE AS WELL AS A NEW NONLANGUAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM TO BETTER PROVIDE DEAF BLIND PERSONS WITH ESSENTIAL INFORMATION. THE USE OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR FACILITATING DEAF BLIND INTERACTION SHOULD BE EXPLORED. EXPERIMENTS NEED TO BE DESIGNED TO RAISE THE EXPECTATIONS OF SOCIETY REGARDING THE DEAF BLIND. A MORE EFFECTIVE INFORMATION AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM WOULD INCREASE THE USEFULNESS OF CASE STUDIES AND SURVEYS (SOME ARE CITED) IN PLANNING FOR THE VOCATIONAL AND SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT OF THE DEAF BLIND. A 15-ITEM SUMMARY OF RESEARCH NEEDS, A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF 21 ITEMS, AND A LIST OF THE SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS ARE INCLUDED. (CF)
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Authoring Institution: Industrial Home for the Blind, Brooklyn, NY.
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