ERIC Number: ED303932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Equality: Education of the Deaf. A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States.
Commission on Education of the Deaf, Washington, DC.
The report concludes that education of persons who are deaf in the United States is characterized by inappropriate priorities and inadequate resources. Among deficiencies identified are the failure to implement available preventive and early identification procedures, monitor educational programs, and use tools of advancing technology. Specific recommendations are made for the following areas of need: (1) prevention and early identification; (2) elementary and secondary education including language acquisition, appropriate education, least restrictive environment, parents' rights, evaluation and assessment, program standards, quality education, American Sign Language, Gallaudet University's pre-college programs; (3) federal postsecondary education systems including regional programs, adult and continuing education, comprehensive service centers, evaluation and oversight, admission policies, affirmative action, governing bodies; (4) research, evaluation, and outreach including the National Center on Deafness Research, and development of research plans; (5) professional standards and training including early childhood, state councils, preservice and inservice training, elementary and secondary teacher training, competency requirements, training for teachers in regular education settings, federal support for teacher preparation, educational interpreters, rehabilitation interpreters, traineeships; (6) technology including mandatory captioning, distribution of federal funds, built-in decoders, accessibility of the federal government, funding for technology, accessible equipment, assistive devices centers, national symposia, media services and captioned film program; and (7) clearinghouses and the Committee on Deaf/Blindness. (DB)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Deaf Interpreting, Deafness, Early Identification, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Handicap Identification, Higher Education, Language Acquisition, Parent Participation, Postsecondary Education, Prevention, Rehabilitation, Research Needs, Special Schools, Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 052-003-01102-6; $12.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Education of the Deaf, Washington, DC.