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ERIC Number: EJ846376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
The Importance of Direct Communication during Continuing Education Workshops for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Professionals
Long, Gary L.; Beil, Donald H.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v18 n1 p5-11 Win 2005
The Deaf Initiative in Information Technology (DIIT) was developed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with goals including the provision of continuing education for deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals. Instructors skilled in sign language delivered 21 technology-focused workshops to 145 professionals over the initial 3-year grant period. (The project has been funded by the NSF for an additional 3-year period.) Qualitative and quantitative measures were used to evaluate the workshops and obtain participants' perceptions. Findings indicate that deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals often experience frustration and report difficulties comprehending content material when attending traditional, lecture-focused workshops supported by sign language interpreters. These findings are contrasted to successful DIIT workshops where participants were able to communicate easily with the instructor and other attendees without the use of interpreters. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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