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ERIC Number: ED315202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 13
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Mainstreaming the Hearing-Impaired Student in the College Classroom: A Comprehensive Approach.
Scheetz, Nanci A.
This paper examines characteristics of the hearing-impaired related to educational and employment potential and the college programs available to prepare them for employment. The deaf adult population suffers from unemployment caused by inadequacies in education and a host of non-educational factors, such as inadequate social adjustment, poor public image, and poor social services. The problem is exacerbated by a changing national socioeconomic landscape. By the time students reach the postsecondary level, a number of contributing factors have shaped their potential for success. Institutions that assess students total needs, as opposed to focusing on a few particular practices or skills, are best able to prepare deaf adults for independent living. Today, there are about 150 colleges and universities providing services to hearing-impaired students. Significant characteristics of a successful college mainstreaming program include curriculum, support services, quality staff, funding, an appropriate student population, and commitment from the administration. The curriculum for the hearing-impaired at North Florida Junior College is discussed at length. This institution offers a summer preparatory program, vocational education with an on-the-job training component, academic degree programs, and a support services program including courses in independent living skills. This paper suggests quality programs using a comprehensive, holistic approach can successfully prepare hearing-impaired students for the world of work. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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