ERIC Number: ED399706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in the Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Report of the Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. House Document No. 51.
Virginia State Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Richmond.
This paper reports the findings and recommendations of a task force of the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) on current trends in the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing (including deaf-blind students) and the implications of a proposed Deaf Child's Bill of Rights. The task force reviewed the literature and existing mandates of Virginia and other states and convened focus groups of students, parents, consumers, and educators. Findings addressed the following areas: placement options, modes of communication, current mandates. personnel standards, demographic information, educational interpreters, curriculum information, information available to parents, the role of adults who are deaf or hard of hearing, focus group results, and other current initiatives addressing related issues. Among 10 recommendations proposed are the following: (1) revision of teacher endorsement requirements; (2) reexamination of the need for a teacher training program in Virginia to prepare teachers of students with hearing impairments; and (3) increased participation by persons who are deaf or hard of hearing on advisory groups and boards. The task force did not recommend a Deaf Child's Bill of Rights but indicated that if such a bill was introduced it should be given careful consideration. Brief summaries of the major reports evaluated are appended. (CR)
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Deafness, Educational Legislation, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Focus Groups, Hearing Impairments, Needs Assessment, Parent Attitudes, Partial Hearing, Policy Analysis, State Legislation, State Standards, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Placement, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Certification, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia