ERIC Number: ED396493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Mike's Educational Program: Long Island, New York. Case Study. Social Relationships of Children and Adolescents with Deaf-Blindness Research Project.
Mar, Harvey H.; Sall, Nancy
This case study describes the educational history and current program of Mike, a mainstreamed sixth-grader with deaf-blindness. It addresses the boy's successes and the ongoing challenges faced by his family, his educational team, and his peers. Background information notes his diagnosis of total blindness and moderate to severe hearing loss, his integration since preschool, and the support provided for his community school setting. In addition to classroom-based instruction, Mike receives special instruction in basic academic skills, orientation and mobility, and braille/computer skills. The case study briefly describes family involvement and support, the school setting, and special education supports and services. Factors related to the relatively successful outcomes of Mike's program are identified, including administrative support, team decision making, student-teacher "matching,""fluidity" in teaching roles and methods, social accommodation in the physical environment, facilitation by the assistant teacher, peer problem solving, peers' attitudes and acceptance, and changes in qualities of peer interaction. Challenges and long-term issues are also addressed. These include coordination of orientation and mobility services, balance between providing support and promoting independence, entry into seventh grade, development of long-term friendships, and maintaining satisfactory learning outcomes. (DB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Deaf Blind, Family School Relationship, Inclusive Schools, Individualized Instruction, Intermediate Grades, Mainstreaming, Males, Multiple Disabilities, Outcomes of Education, Peer Relationship, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Resource Room Programs, Social Integration, Teacher Collaboration, Teamwork, Visually Impaired Mobility
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY. Developmental Disabilities Center.
Note: For the final report of this project, see ED 395 416.