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A model state plan for coordinated services for the hearing impaired in the state of New Hampshire
The purpose of this project is to present a model for the development of a comprehensive state plan for coordinated services for the hearing impaired in the state of New Hampshire in order to provide all hearing impaired persons in the state with the opportunity to develop to their maximum potential. Since there are no exact population figures for the hearing impaired in the state, geographical distribution is first estimated using the most recent county census figures and Schein's rate of hearing impairment and deafness for the northeastern states. The author then presents a rationale for coordinated, full service programming and suggests a model state plan for developing a network of services for the hearing handicapped throughout the state. Key factors in the proposed plan include a statewide council on services for the deaf, regional planning and advisory councils, and a comprehensive services delivery approach incorporating six major program subsystems -- client-find, appraisal, programming, personnel support, materials support, and management. Central to the concept of statewide coordination is the development of a comprehensive service center fostering regional planning and the coalition of existing services (linkages) into a full-service network for the hearing impaired in New Hampshire.