ERIC Number: ED334791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
State Superintendent's Audiology Services in the Schools. Study Committee Final Report and Recommendations. Bulletin No. 91374.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
This report summarizes conclusions and recommendations of an interdisciplinary committee which considered ways to improve the identification and auditory management of hearing-impaired children in Wisconsin schools. Major recommendations include: (1) the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) should license educational audiologists and encourage schools to employ audiologists by reimbursing districts for a portion of salary and fringe benefit costs; (2) the role and function of the educational audiologist should be clearly defined to include the design, coordination, supervision, and follow-up of regular hearing screening of all school children, and those students identified as hearing imparied should be included in multidisciplinary teams and individualized education program committees; (3) a coordinated and consistent statewide system should be developed for the reliable identification of childhood hearing impairment; and (4) an Educational Audiology Consultant position should be created within the Division for Handicapped Children and Pupil Services, hearing impairment eligibility criteria should be revised, and a joint DPI/Department of Health and Social Services committee on infant and early childhood hearing should be established. Appended are a summary of results of a 1989 survey of state education agencies, a model for school audiology services, and a memo addressing eligibility criteria. Includes 28 references and a brief glossary. (DB)
Descriptors: Administration, Allied Health Personnel, Ancillary School Services, Audiology, Auditory Evaluation, Consultation Programs, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Handicap Identification, Hearing Impairments, Intervention, Needs Assessment, Screening Tests, State Programs
Bureau for Children with Physical Needs, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster St., P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.