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A survey : deaf adult interest in adult education in North Dakota and present services provided

Adult education for the deaf is not a new trend in the United States and there are several successful programs. However, there continues to be a notable lack of successful adult education programs for the deaf in many areas of the United States in comparison to the number of adult education programs for "normal" hearing adults. For successful adult education programs for the deaf, many factors must be considered. Participation by the deaf adults in planning and developing adult education programs for the deaf is a crucial element and a paramount factor if adults education for the deaf is to succeed. The purpose of this survey was to determine what adult education classes the deaf adults in North Dakota are interested in and to ascertain whether or not these interests are currently being met by the universities, colleges, junior colleges or vocational/trade school s in North Dakota through organized adult education programs for and by the deaf adults of North Dakota. The conclusions drawn from this survey were (1) that the deaf adults in North Dakota are interested in a wide variety of adult education classes, (2) that the universities, colleges, Junior colleges and vocational/trade schools do provide adult education programs, (3) that the existing adult education programs in North Dakota, in general, do not provide interpreter, notetaker, or counseling services for the deaf, (4) that deaf adults are not actively involved in planning and developing adult education programs and (5) that the majority of the deaf adults in North Dakota are not currently enrolled in adult education programs.

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