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ERIC Number: EJ903024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Technology--and Colorado Early Education Staff--Helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children with Disabilities
Shuler-Woodard, Dee
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v10 n1 p31-32 Spr-Sum 2009
The youngest deaf and hard of hearing children with disabilities in Colorado can now participate more fully in the world around them thanks to funding from grants solicited through the Early Education Department at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. The grants enable the children, from birth to age 3, to overcome their physical limitations by adapting their environment to support their ability to participate actively in their daily home activities. This may include the ability to play successfully with toys and other children, to communicate needs and ideas, to make choices, and to move independently and participate in family life. Through technologically sophisticated kits and trained professionals, these children are able to turn on the TV, make milkshakes, play tapes, and activate bubble machines. The kits are called "Quick Start Environmental Kits" and they contain everything needed to start using augmentative assistive communication in a child's home. The kits have proved to be effective in facilitating the transition between home-based services and school as well. Over time, as children and their families become familiar with using this technology, they become more confident and enjoy increased opportunities for school success.
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: odyssey@gallaudet.edu; Web site: http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado