ERIC Number: ED394786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Developing a Satellite Educational Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Residing in a Rural Setting.
Witt, Sheree; Howell, Ruth
The Allegany County School System and the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) have collaborated to develop a satellite program that brings MSD educational services to hard-of-hearing and deaf elementary students in rural western Maryland. In the past 5 years, the number of hearing-impaired preschoolers in Allegany and Garrett Counties increased such that a satellite elementary program became feasible. Parents expressed their desire to keep their children at home rather than sending them to MSD at kindergarten age. The Maryland State Department of Education provided technical assistance and financial support culminating in a Memorandum of Understanding between the three agencies in October 1993. Under this agreement, Allegany County School System provides the physical plant facilities and school resources for the satellite program, supervises daily program operations, grants release time to personnel to attend MSD inservice training, provides transportation for Allegany County children to attend appropriate activities at MSD's Frederick campus, and arranges agreements with neighboring school districts that would like to enroll students in the program. MSD provides consultation services, outreach support services to families of preschool hearing-impaired children, technical assistance, assessment services, funding for one satellite teacher position, and assistance with presenting American Sign Language instruction to primary regular education students and staff. In the third year of the program, evidence of program success is found in student progress and parent satisfaction. Key components for program replication and long-range plans for the satellite program are discussed. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Allegany County Public Schools MD; Maryland School for the Deaf; Maryland (West)
Note: In: Rural Goals 2000: Building Programs That Work; see RC 020 545.