ERIC Number: ED229080
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-20
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Mainstreaming the Hearing Impaired.
Alston, Jerry G.
In 1969, a federally funded program was instituted at Lee College to provide comprehensive educational opportunities for the hearing impaired. The program offers both academic and technical-occupational training, attendant counseling services in personal and social adjustment, housing assistance, and empathetic and cooperative instructors. Its major purpose is to mainstream the hearing impaired student into the hearing world, where his/her capabilities can be more fully developed and utilized. Lee College's 12 years of experience with serving the hearing impaired suggest the following guidelines for institutions interested in creating a similar program: (1) adequate financing should be obtained to cover the costs of interpreters, notetakers, tutors, and instructional visual aids; (2) recruiting efforts must entail the establishment of close working relationships with schools for the deaf and state rehabilitation agencies; (3) program administration will differ little from other programs, though the hiring, training, and assignment of interpreters will require special attention; (4) instructional facilities will not differ markedly from other programs, and little capital outlay will be necessary; (5) support services, including counseling, notetaking, tutoring, special interpretation services, and remedial studies, will be essential; and (6) a structured process of deaf awareness should be used to prepare faculty, support personnel, and the campus community for the influx of hearing impaired students. (HB)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, College Environment, Community Colleges, Hearing Impairments, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpreters, Mainstreaming, Program Costs, Program Development, Special Education, Student College Relationship, Student Personnel Services, Student Recruitment, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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