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ERIC Number: EJ903167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Life after High School for Deaf Youth with Autism: Challenges for Students, Parents, and Professionals
Miller, Margery; Funayama, E. Sumie
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v9 n1 p32-37 Spr-Sum 2008
The view that a deaf child with autism is just that--a deaf child first (because of the critical importance of communication) and an autistic child second--is the more prevalent today, especially in larger educational programs. But this was not always the case. In the past, placement decisions often were determined in the opposite way: Many deaf children with autism or other developmental disabilities were placed in programs primarily for autistic or developmentally disabled children. They were educated with peers who had normal hearing ability, and only intermittent attention was given to the deaf child's hearing loss and visuospatial orientation, communication, and language input needs, or to subsequent issues related to modality and language assessment. In this article, the authors discuss the challenges for parents and professionals in getting appropriate educational placements and support services for a deaf child with autism. They also discuss the challenge of locating appropriate postsecondary programs, vocational training, career coaching, and residential placement options for deaf youth with autism. Some guidelines to help parents choose a postsecondary program for a deaf adult child with autism are presented.
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:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A