Graduate project

Guidelines for the development and establishment of state and metropolitan councils serving the deaf

INTRODUCTION. "In union there is strength� may be an old saying but it is still true today. An organization of the deaf cannot be effective unless it has a very large membership which supplies the finances and manpower needed for the realization of its goals. But such an organization is a rarity since the number of deaf people is small and widely-scattered. Therefore, in order to be truly effective and influential, organizations of and for the deaf must join together in some sort of unity. It was from this conclusion that the Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf (COSD) had evolved in 1967. It success in bringing together eighteen national organizations has encouraged the formation of similar councils on metropolitan and I state levels. These councils patterned themselves after the COSD for lack of any other model. In some ways this was appropriate but in other ways it was not practical since the COSD is a national group and the newer councils are local in their objectives, operation, and membership. Acting on this knowledge and backed with the experience gained in helping to lay the foundation of the COSD, the author has undertaken this graduate project to develop guidelines in setting up metropolitan and state councils wherever the deaf decide they are needed for their local functions.

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