ERIC Number: ED092764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education for the Deaf of Illinois: A Needs Assessment.
Block, Samuel A.
This report was designed mainly to develop information on the need and available resources for providing adult education programs for the hearing-impaired population of Illinois. Information was gathered through questionnaires mailed to persons identified through the records of the National Census of the Deaf, and follow-up interviews on a 200-case sample of respondents to the mail questionnaire. Questionnaires were sent to 4,300 and returned by 1,200 hearing-impaired persons--about 7 percent of the estimated total of such persons in the State. The survey indicated that about 75 percent of the respondents were interested in resuming educational activities, largely in basic education and upgrading of vocational skills. They also indicated an overwhelming preference for direct supportive communication in the classroom. The community college system in Illinois was rated an ideal one for delivery of adult education services to hearing-impaired persons in meaningfully-structured programs. Site visits to about one-third of these colleges established the acceptance of their directors of that principle. The report therefore included a recommendation for establishment of a State fund to finance special supportive services by community colleges and certain other educational institutions for that purpose. (Author/EA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Association of the Deaf, Jacksonville.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois