Graduate project

A proposed reading center

For yea these many years, numerous people have written papers and books that say the same thing, only in different ways. Simply put, it is that the deaf cannot read very well. Still, these same deaf individuals are expected to function in a world greatly geared to an adequate facility with all factors of the overall discipline known as language. The average adult in today�s world is expected to speak, read, listen, and write in order to convey to others his meanings and wants, and to receive the same when they are dispatched by another. For the deaf, where one of the avenues is at least partially blocked, and in some cases may be totally, and with the sending apparatus of speech not adequate in many cases, the complete utilization of the reading and writing takes on an aura of real importance. The purpose of this study is not to retell again the inadequacies of the deaf as they relate to reading and writing, but rather to take a new look at some aspects of reading programs that might be utilized by educators in helping deaf people to overcome some of their reading weakness. The real success of a reading program for the deaf would have to be geared to an educational level still far beyond the control of the average educator, that is , the pre, pre-school level , or those first three years of life when speech and language patterns are established.