ERIC Number: ED032705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec-31
Reference Count: 0
Deaf Adults in New England; An Exploratory Service Program.
Lawrence, Clifford A.; Vescovi, Geno M.
To provide deaf adults with services they had not previously received and to demonstrate the efficacy of providing these services in a setting with hearing clients, the Deaf Adult Project was developed. During 1965, 10 clients were served; staff members were recruited and added during the next two years; and over a 3-year period 194 clients were referred and 126 were served. The core service was rehabilitation counseling; other services included psychological and psychiatric evaluation and testing, social work services, and ancillary services. The majority of the 126 clients were young; 51.6% were between 15 and 24 years of age; males outnumbered females 87 to 39; 73.81% were prelingually deafened; and illiteracy represented the most frequent vocational handicap with 46.8% of the 126 clients unable to read at the fourth grade level. Seventy-seven clients were either employed or in academic or vocational programs after leaving the project. Conclusions were as follows: there is a continuing need for services for deaf adults; there was a direct relationship between availability of staff and the ability to develop a caseload and provide services; lack of staff hampered stimulation of referrals; there was a major failing of educational methods with the clients, many of whom were normal or above in intelligence; and more services were needed. Implications for the future and recommendations are reported. (RJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Ancillary Services, Career Counseling, Communication Skills, Exceptional Child Research, Hearing Impairments, Individual Characteristics, Language Skills, Occupational Tests, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Psychological Evaluation, Social Services, Staff Role, Testing, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Morgan Memorial, Inc., Boston, MA.