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Ethical Considerations in Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Kathee Mangan Christensen, Editor

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Mathew Call is a consultant, author, interpreter, and translator. He performs consulting for schools and businesses regarding how to effectively serve multicultural deaf populations. He is the author of a series of articles regarding ethics in interpreting, trilingual interpreting, and cross-cultural discourse involving immigrant families with deaf/hard of hearing children. He is a certified ASL and Spanish interpreter and translator and has worked in a wide variety of venues using all language combinations (ASL/Spanish/English). Mathew Call holds related degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University and interpreting from American River College. He is also a member of the Sign Language and Deaf Studies Presenters Network. He resides in Sacramento, California.

Kathee Mangan Christensen is Professor Emerita, San Diego State University, School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She has over 40 years of experience teaching deaf children, directing a clinic for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind children and preparing teachers of children who are deaf or deaf with special needs. She earned her Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University and her areas of research include multicultural issues in deafness, nonverbal cognitive development, and language acquisition in children who are deaf or deafblind. Dr. Christensen is active nationally and internationally through

James J. DeCaro is Professor and Dean Emeritus at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been at NTID since 1971, serving as a faculty member, instructional developer, chairperson, center director, dean of the college, and interim president. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Orebro University in Sweden and a Rotary Foundation Scholar at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England. For the past 10 years he has been directing a multinational collaborative (PEN-International) which strives to improve postsecondary deaf education in the developing world. His areas of research interests are employment of people who are deaf and attitudes towards employment of people who are deaf.

Patricia A. Mudgett-DeCaro holds degrees and certifications in biology, counseling, and sociology of deaf education and has worked in various capacities, as teacher, counselor, researcher, and consultant in the field of deafness since 1970. She was a longtime faculty member in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Masters of Science in Secondary Education for Deaf Students (MSSE) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She taught Foundations of Educational Research, as well as on campus and distance-learning courses regarding curriculum design for inclusion of a wide diversity of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is retired and is a member of the organizing committee of the Rochester School for the Deaf Archives.

Wendy S. Harbour is the Lawrence B. Taishoff Professor of Inclusive Education at Syracuse University in New York state, in the departments of Cultural Foundations of Education, Disability Studies, and Teaching and Leadership. She is also executive director of the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, which conducts research and training related to college students with disabilities. Dr. Harbour has served on the editorial boards for the Harvard Educational Review and the Journal on Postsecondary Education and Disability, has written about universal design, inclusion, and postsecondary interpreting, and has conducted research or federal grant projects with the Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet), the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), CAST, Inc., and Gallaudet University. She completed her doctorate in education from Harvard University, where she is currently an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Education. Her master�s degrees are from Harvard University and the University of Minnesota.

Melissa Herzig obtained her bachelor of arts degree at Gallaudet University and earned both degrees, master of arts and doctorate in education, at University of California, San Diego. For eight years, she was a teacher at Chula Vista High School. At the time of publication, she divides her time as a student teacher supervisor at Educational Studies and a postdoctoral researcher in Center for Research in Language at University of California, San Diego. She spends her free time with her family and two dogs.

Kary Krumdick earned his bachelor of arts at Gallaudet University and his master of arts degree in deaf education at San Diego State University. He currently resides in San Diego and is an elementary school teacher at Davila Day School. He has eight years of prior teaching experiences in middle school and high school. He�s the proud father of two boys.

Marybeth Lauderdale has an Ed.S. Degree from Gallaudet University, as well as a master�s in educational administration from University of Illinois at Springfield and a BS in Deaf and Elementary Education from MacMurray College. She is currently the superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf, and recently assumed the duties of superintendent of the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired. Both schools are in Jacksonville, Illinois.

   A teacher of the Deaf/hard of hearing for twenty years, Ms. Lauderdale has been an administrator for the past ten years. Next to her children and grandchildren, the schools are her favorite subject!

Christine Monikowski is a professor in the Department of ASL and Interpreting Education at National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology where she has taught courses in American Sign Language and ASL/English interpretation for the past 18 years. She has over 30 years experience working as a certified interpreter (CSC) and 25 years as a teacher of interpreting in higher education. She holds a doctorate in educational linguistics from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Monikowski presents local and national workshops for interpreters and interpreter educators. Her areas of interest include second language acquisition, educational interpreting, distance learning for interpreter educators, and teaching/learning in higher education and she has authored and co-authored numerous chapters and articles related to those topics. She lives in Rochester, N.Y. with her husband and enjoys bicycling when the western N.Y. weather cooperates!

Katrin Neumann is director of the Department of Phoniatrics and Pediatric Audiology at the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She chairs the Audiology Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, is second vice president of the German Society of Phoniatrics & Pediatric Audiology, and contributes to pediatric-audiological projects to aid the work of the WHO. Her research topics are, among others, the implementation and evaluation of newborn hearing screening programs, the examination of language, voice, and hearing processes with neuroimaging methods, and audiological diagnostics and outcome in hearing impaired children. She works as associate editor for Folia phoniatrica et logopaedica and Communication Disorders Quarterly.

Rico Peterson is an associate professor in the ASL Interpreting Program at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. An interpreter since 1973 and teacher of interpreting since 1985, he earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Peterson works as a curriculum consultant for the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, and has advised and consulted with developing interpreting programs in Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, and China. His publications include The Unlearning Curve: Learning to Learn American Sign Language and co-authorship of ASL at Work. His research interests include classroom interaction and interpreting in video settings.

Melissa Smith is an associate professor and director of the American Sign Language-English interpreting program at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. She holds doctoral and master�s degrees in teaching and learning from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor�s degree in Spanish from San Diego State University. Her dissertation, �More than Meets the Eye: Revealing the Complexities of K-12 Interpreting (2010),� explores the practices and decisions of interpreters working in public schools. Melissa served on the board of the San Diego chapter of ASLTA for seven years and has received the Interpreter Educator of the Year award from Region V of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Kathee Mangan Christensen is Professor Emerita, School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, San Diego State University, CA.

ISBN 978-1-56368-479-1, 7 x 10 casebound, 232 pages, tables, figures, references, index


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