ERIC Number: ED455639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Taking the "L.E.A.D." in Family Literacy: Literacy Education Action for the Deaf. Final Report.
This paper describes the activities and outcomes of a program in literacy education for the deaf funded by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The "L.E.A.D." program began in El Paso, Texas, on September 1, 1995, and ceased operations on July 31, 1997. The program was designed to improve communication in economically disadvantaged families with parents who are deaf and who have hearing children in order to enhance the children's future social interactions and the reading, writing, and oral/sign skills of family members. A total of 18 parents and 30 children participated in the program. The program was divided into two components: classroom instruction and home visits. Classroom instruction was further divided into three components: family literacy, computer literacy, and academic literacy. Results from the program indicate the classes and home visits had a very positive effect on the families. There has been considerable increase in communication between parents and children and families looked forward to coming to the classes and to the home visits. Often the children looked for guidance in hearing adults and the classes served as a mechanism for children to ask their parents for guidance. This also encouraged the entire families to learn a standardized form of communication. (CR)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Communication Skills, Deafness, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Family Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Home Visits, Interpersonal Communication, Mexican Americans, Parent Child Relationship, Parents with Disabilities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: El Paso Community Coll., TX.