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ERIC Number: ED461242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-88095-233-4
How Public Input Shapes the Clerc Center's Priorities: Identifying Critical Needs in Transition from School to Postsecondary Education and Employment. Sharing Results.
LeNard, Judith M.
This paper describes the development and implementation of the public input process at Gallaudet University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. It shows how the public input process was applied to one of the Clerc Center's priority areas, the transition from school to postsecondary education and employment. Part 1 of the paper describes the processes for eliciting public input to identify critical needs including meetings of representatives of various constituencies, ongoing analysis of questions frequently asked of teachers and staff, and in-depth interviews. Part 2 looks at the public input process as it was applied to the transition priority area, with results of this process presented in Part 3. These results indicate that transition programming should start early and be comprehensive and should include work-based learning, goal setting skills, self-advocacy skills, involvement of parents and family, and literacy development. The results also support the need to provide specialized training to professionals doing transition programming for deaf students in mainstream settings, to provide deaf role models, and to provide better transition planning within the Individualized Education Program. Part 4 describes the process of establishing national mission projects and how the public input process is sustained throughout the review and selection phases. (Contains 23 references.) (DB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Gallaudet Univ., Washington, DC. Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.