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ERIC Number: EJ996546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Telepractice: Creating a Statewide Network of Support in Rural Maine
Hopkins, Karen; Keefe, Barbara; Bruno, Angela
Volta Review, v112 n3 p409-416 Win 2012
The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's (MECDHH's) "POINT" (Providing Opportunities for Integrating New Technologies) project is implementing a telepractice, distance learning collaborative in Maine with eight hub sites and 18 end points using Tandberg videoconferencing technology. This network is planned to be a national model enabling students who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families to overcome geographic, language, and cultural barriers to access rich and diverse early intervention and educational programs. Collaboration among professionals and their respective agencies is needed to ensure services are available to all families throughout the state irrespective of the chosen communication approach, degree of hearing loss, or location of the child. By providing distance learning opportunities, MECDHH is expanding their resources to support children living in rural communities. This will help provide equitable access to services in spite of geographic challenges. (Contains 1 figure.)
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine