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ERIC Number: ED263407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Adult Education for the Deaf: Present Dilemmas, Future Opportunities.
Malone, Ollie, Jr.
A need exists to train persons to work with hearing-impaired adults. While the physical effects of deafness are significant, the greatest impact on the hearing-impaired person lies in the psychological area. Psychological implications are separation from the mainstream, joining and identifying with persons of similar disabilities, and perceived academic inferiority. Formal education of the hearing-impaired child should begin as soon as the impairment has been diagnosed. Early training, preschool programs, and elementary and secondary education focus on development of language. Postsecondary programs, while not plentiful, are available. Continuing education programs are not nearly so prevalent. Trends in American society with implications for the hearing impaired are the movements (1) to an information society, (2) from institutional help to self-help, (3) toward a participatory democracy, and (4) from a hierarchical society to one comprised of networks. A hearing person/educator requires certain attributes to work with the hearing impaired: interest in working with them; natural, face-to-face communication; efforts to learn sign language; and use of interpreters and counselors who are hearing impaired. Techniques useful in educating the hearing impaired are learning centers; self-directed learning; use of deaf persons, interpreters, or other support persons; captioned films; and demonstrations. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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