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The educational and family backgrounds of deaf students attending California State University at Northridge

This project paper discusses a search into the educational and family backgrounds of profoundly and prelingually deaf students attending California State University at Northridge during the Spring semester of 1977, in an attempt to locate some of the common factors in those students' educational and family backgrounds which may have influenced their academic successes. There is a lack of research on, and understanding of, the various factors which more commonly influence the educational and social successes of deaf children. The discovery and understanding of these factors would be valuable as input in the development of efficient means of educating parents of deaf children on what they could best do to help their child in his or her educational and social growth. During the Spring semester of 1977, there were 169 deaf students attending this university, integrated into regular classes with hearing students. Research has shown this group of deaf students to be basically a prelingually and profoundly deaf group, with a mean better ear average hearing loss of 88 decibels, and that those deaf students are achieving academically at the same levels as the general university student population. Some professionals in the education of the deaf have considered these deaf students to be the cream of the crop of deaf college students in the United States. The conclusion of this project paper lists sixteen common factors found among these deaf students.

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