Graduate project

Programs for learning disabled-deaf students in residential schools

The purpose of this project is to present a profile on programs for learning disabled-deaf presently offered in residential schools for the deaf throughout the United States. Failing to identify and provide appropriate educational programs for the learning disabled-deaf is not cost- effective. It merely transfers the expense to vocational rehabilitation and other tax supported agencies. A questionnaire was developed to collect information on: the percentage of learning disabled-deaf within the total deaf student population, evaluation techniques, definitions of their disability, percentage of remedial programs, and the characteristics of remedial programs for the learning disabled-deaf student. Questionnaires were sent to 58 state residential schools for the deaf The findings reveal that approximately 48% of the deaf student population is identified as having some kind of learning disability. Of the facilities surveyed, 50% provide remedial programs to serve this population. This project also reveals a common terminology of the characteristics of the severe learning disabled-deaf population does not exist. Professionals involved in providing programs and services for this population need to develop a clearer understanding of this handicapping condition in order that student needs can be successfully met.

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