Graduate project

Independent living skills for young adults who are deaf

There exists minimal information concerning Independent Living Skills for young adults who are deaf. The need for practical and comprehensive educational programs dealing specifically with the skills required for independent living has long existed. The lack of instruction and experience in independent living skills are probably two of the greatest causes for the lack of personal and vocational success on the part of young adults who are deaf. Public Law 94-142, The Educational for All Handicapped Children�s Act of 1975, provides for the right of every child to receive a free and appropriate education, regardless of identified handicaps. The focus of Independent Living Skills is a definite area of need in relation to the education of young adults who are deaf. This area carries a prolonged, and many times permanent implication on the lives of those individuals. The purpose of this study was to examine, analyze, and compare specific needs in the area of Independent Living Skills for young adults who are deaf through responses and opinions provided by selected professionals working in the field of the hearing impaired. These professionals were selected from certified staff members of residential schools for the deaf and currently employed Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf. The study focused on the actual preparation of young adults who are deaf during their secondary education at residential schools for the deaf. The questionnaire which was employed to obtain the presented data was distributed to 100 certified staff members of 20 randomly selected residential schools for the deaf and 50 randomly selected Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf in the United States. Sixty-six percent (66%) of the questionnaires distributed to residential school staff members and fifty-eight percent (58%) of the questionnaires distributed to Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf were utilized in determining the stated results. The survey disclosed that both certificated staff members of residential schools for the deaf and Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf feel that the need for comprehensive programs dealing with Independent Living Skills for young adults who are deaf is imperative for their future independence and personal success in today�s society. It also revealed a need of greater communication between certificated staff members of residential schools for the deaf and Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf in the development and assessment of such programs. This project supports the idea that instruction and experience in the area of Independent Living Skills for young adults who are deaf are essential in light of the demands of living in today's complex society.

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