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ERIC Number: ED167140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Using the Library to Enhance Awareness of Life's Realities in Handicapped Children Residing in an Institution.
Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg.
The project described employed library services to broaden the experiences of institutionalized handicapped children and to sharpen their awareness of the environment. The target population included 75 boys and girls, aged 6 to 12, who were in an elementary education program at the Elwyn Institute in Delaware County, Pennsylvania; all of the students were handicapped by reason of mental retardation, learning disability, visual and/or auditory impairment, or emotional disturbance. The program began with a library orientation course that taught library manners, the means of finding books, and the use of A-V equipment; a tour of a local public library was also provided. A step-by-step introduction to the library materials and equipment, constantly reinforcing what was appropriate, paid off: the students quickly came to view the library as a place of quiet enjoyment. Individually and as a group, they learned what to do, how to do it, and where to seek help if needed. Responses to a questionnaire requesting teachers' opinions of the materials and equipment purchased were positive and enthusiastic. A copy of the questionnaire is provided, as well as a bibliography of library materials for institutionalized developmentally handicapped children aged 6 to 12. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Elwyn Inst., PA.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg.