Graduate project

A survey of extended day programs for deaf-blind children and youth in residential institutions and schools

This paper discusses the current status of extended day programs in residential schools serving deaf-blind children and youth in the United States and its territories. A questionnaire was sent to 138 residential schools, institutions, and hospitals. A total of 99 programs responded to the questionnaire and provided the basis for this project. The data revealed that over 60% of the responding programs have an extended day program. The data also revealed that there are many variations to what can be considered "The Extended Day Program," and no one survey can accurately reflect the total extended day operation of each and every residential school, institution, and hospital serving deafblind children and youth. A major emphasis on programming that was seen in over 80% of the responding programs was in the areas of self- help and motor skills. This was supported by the response to question 31 which shows over 60% of the deaf-blind residents are expected to live and work in a sheltered environment. In conclusion, an extensive bibliography on all areas of extended day programming is offered to facilitate professional personnel in their program planning. The extended day program should be an integral part of the overall activities offered in a residential setting. This area accounts for over two-thirds of the time residents spend in their residential environment and it is with this in mind that this project was presented.