|Deaf Education in America|
Those in the field of special education have struggled to fully understand the needs of students who are deaf. The challenge of communication goes beyond merely providing signed or written instruction, and impacts every aspect of the educational process. Placement within general classroom settings is often called inclusion, or the least restrictive environment, but it may not truly meet the needs of these students. Seldom have primary stakeholders (students who are deaf, interpreters, teachers, and parents) been asked to share their perspectives on issues related to inclusive education. This book allows those stakeholders to speak for themselves on such diverse topics as self-esteem, social relationships, and accessing education. Interview selections are organized around general topics, and each section is summarized in a clear, concise manner. Preceding the report are several beautifully written chapters that outline the theory and history behind inclusion. The book concludes with clearly articulated recommendations to improve not only education for those who are deaf, but the entire field of special education. Cerney (Rocky Mountain Deaf School) offers a revealing, compelling view of education for individuals who are deaf that will appeal to a wide audience. Summing Up: Recommended. All undergraduate through professional collections.
Janet Cerney Dickinson is Superintendent, New York School for the Deaf, White Plains, NY.
ISBN 978-1-56368-362-6, 1-56368-362-8, 6 x 9 casebound, 224 pages, figure, table, references, index
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