ERIC Number: ED228175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Status of Health Education and Sex Education Programs for the Deaf: What Implications Does This Have for Health Educators?
Few sex education materials especially designed for the deaf population are available, and modification of existing materials and media is necessary. The average deaf person cannot easily gain information from books, magazines, or newspapers, for the majority of deaf students read at a level below others of comparable ages. This communication and learning handicap is exacerbated by the fact that the majority of these students have parents with normal hearing. Since sign language is the preferred mode of communication among most of the deaf, lack of knowledge in the use of signs on the part of their parents creates an understanding gap which makes it difficult for parents to deal with the psychosocial-sexual concerns of their children. Currently, there is no parent education program existing for parents of deaf children. Sex education for the deaf requires highly visual materials supported with simple language. Pictures, films, photographs, role playing, and experiential situations are important tools in making concepts about sexuality understood. The physical education department at Gallaudet College (District of Columbia) now offers most incoming students a required course in health with a lengthy section on sex education. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gallaudet College DC
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern District Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Providence, RI, February 16-20, l983).