ERIC Number: ED393252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Students Who Are Deaf-Blind on Campus.
Spiers, Elizabeth; Hammett, Richelle
This resource paper explains the rights, responsibilities, and supports for deaf-blind students in postsecondary education. It examines the etiologies and backgrounds of four distinct groups of deaf-blind individuals, the types of services and accommodations they require in postsecondary education, and how a college or university can provide these services or modifications. The first section defines relevant terms including "deaf-blindness,""hearing impairment,""blind,""visual impairment," and "legally blind." The available information on possible numbers of deaf-blind people in the United States and, more specifically, of those in postsecondary education is summarized. Characteristics of four groups are distinguished: (1) deaf-blind, (2) deaf and visually impaired, (3) hard of hearing and blind, and (4) hard of hearing and visually impaired. Estimates of the numbers in each of these groups are also offered. Rights and responsibilities of students regarding disclosure of the disability and special considerations during the application process are noted. Financial aid from vocational rehabilitation and other sources is discussed. Specific accommodations which may benefit deaf-blind students both before the semester begins and during the semester are identified. Practical tips are provided for college students, instructors, administrators, and staff. Twenty-six organizational resources are listed, with contact information and brief descriptions. (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), College Applicants, College Students, Deaf Blind, Definitions, Higher Education, Incidence, Postsecondary Education, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Student Adjustment, Student Characteristics, Student Financial Aid, Student Personnel Services, Student Responsibility, Student Rights, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
HEATH Resource Center, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-1193 (single copy free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. HEATH Resource Center.