ERIC Number: ED085954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The Deaf Mentally Retarded: Understanding Their World.
Sonies, Barbara C.
Described photographically and textually in the brochure are the educational, vocational, and social needs of deaf mentally retarded (DMR) children and adults. The DMR person is discussed in relation to the double handicap which precludes educational benefits from a traditional program, secondary problems such as visual handicaps, and incidence figures (such as 17% of children in schools for the deaf who are also retarded). The DMR are said to be found in locations such as public or private schools, vocational training programs, and sheltered workshops. It is maintained that although some DMR children are in special classes for the multiply handicapped in residential or day schools, the majority of DMR children are in institutions with no appropriate educational programs. Listed are the few states that offer vocational training programs, and cited is the need for trained personnel such as speech therapists, special teachers, and vocational counselors. Reviewed are needs such as comprehensive diagnostic and treatment centers, state cooperative systems, a wider variety of educational options, and parent education. Recent court decisions which assert the right of every individual to be educated are quoted to show that society has a legal, moral, and ethical responsibility to provide comprehensive services for the DMR person. Listed are sources of additional information. (MC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Developmental Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: American Speech and Hearing Association, Washington, DC.