Graduate project

Guidelines for establishing and conducting an effective program for deaf in a hearing community college

The problem of post-secondary educational programs for the deaf was brought forcibly to the writer�s attention with the referral in October of 1966 of possible June, 1967 residential deaf school graduates, with superior intellectual classification. The most pressing question and problem was how to develop an effective educational service for these deaf students and the conclusion was that the deaf student would best be served by a combination of academic and technical curriculum at a regional �hearing� community college. The Saint Petersburg Junior College, Clearwater Campus was contacted and referral was made to Mr.T.Howse, it was learned that no on-going program of any nature involving the deaf in a hearing academic setting had ever been attempted at their campus. There were no guidelines or academic requirements available in order to establish my client�s acceptance for registration. A number of staff meetings were arranged with Dr.Jones, Dean of Students; Mr.Laurentz, Head of Data Processing; Mr. Morgan, Head or Directed Studies; and Mr.T.Howze, Counselling Specialist. A number of preliminary conferences requiring a great deal of planning, time and preparation were undertaken. After extensive and very careful exploration of all aspects of the completely new idea, three deaf students were finally accepted and enrolled on the Clearwater Campus on August 16, 1967. In tracing the history of the deaf, it seemed essential to prepare the deaf student for meaningful employment.

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