ERIC Number: ED367857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Deaf Literacy Program. Final Section 353 Project Report Summary. Fiscal Year 1992.
Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
The Deaf Adult Literacy program was created to meet the educational needs of deaf and hearing-impaired adult learners. The program was structured by an advisory committee of learners and teachers and was based on a model of bilingual education. All instruction was provided in American Sign Language (ASL) by teachers who were themselves deaf-native speakers of ASL. The curriculum emphasized basic academic skills, and its primary objective was to improve deaf adults' skills in using print and print media for purposes of communication and self-expression, gathering information, and accessing community and employment-related resources. During the program, 33 learners made significant progress in their ability to perform basic academic skills as measured by assessment instruments developed at Gallaudet University. Participation rates remained high throughout the program year. The participants produced a newsletter called "The Deaf Connection." The program has received endorsements and support by a broad coalition of community leaders, deaf persons, and providers of services to the adult deaf community. (This document includes a profile of the program, a working paper describing its instructional strategies and materials, a group evaluation, and a copy of the student newsletter.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, American Sign Language, Basic Skills, Bilingual Education, Communication Skills, Deaf Interpreting, Deafness, Educational Strategies, Information Utilization, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, Models, Newsletters, Pretests Posttests, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Skill Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
Authoring Institution: Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
Identifiers: 353 Project