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ERIC Number: EJ1064166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Online with the Clerc Center: Bringing Resources to Families and Professionals
Lightfoot, Mary Henry; Meynardie, Betsy
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v16 p68-73 2015
In today's world, the Internet is a global library, classroom, and town hall--and it is so much more. This is especially true for families and professionals involved with deaf and hard of hearing students. When two to three out of every 1,000 children are deaf or hard of hearing (National Institutes of Health, 2014), and these children are educated in a wide variety of educational settings throughout the country (GAO, 2011), on-line support becomes critical. The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, responding to public input from families and professionals around the country, has implemented the Clerc Center Strategic Plan 2020 (CCSP 2020) which will guide this work. With an expanding on-line presence, the Clerc Center enables individuals, both experienced and new to deaf education, throughout the country to receive information and resources. With a click, scroll, swipe, or tap, parents, teachers, and deaf and hard of hearing students can access information through the use of a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. This ease and freedom benefits busy professionals and families alike. Professionals can pull up information moments before the start of back-to-back meetings; parents can pull up information while waiting in the grocery line. Today 7.1 million people are learning online (Allen & Seaman, 2014). Further, 38 percent of training is achieved online (Association for Talent Development, 2014). The advantages of on-line learning are multifold (Koller, Harvey, & Magnotta, 2008; Dobrovolny, 2006; Smith, 2014). This article explores the numerous advantages of online learning and describes online resources for deaf and hard of hearing children provided by the Clerc Center such as webcasts, learning communities, self-paced training modules, and books and materials, all easily accessible through their web site.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
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