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Education for the non-English-proficient or limited-English proficient hearing impaired : problems and considerations for the design and implementation of bilingual component
The history of the education of the Hispanic hearing impaired is dismal. There has been little emphasis focused on the multifaceted needs of the population until recently. Still, there are few programs designed to specifically meet the specialized needs of the non-English or limited-English-proficient hearing impaired. With the projected, and already occurring, increase in the number of this population, there is a definite need to design programs, materials, assessment instruments, and to train personnel in this field. This paper discusses the background of the services provided to the Hispanic hearing impaired and then presents considerations administrators and others must allow for in the design and implementation of a bilingual component in a program for the hearing impaired.