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Public Schools

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IDEA guarantees that everyone with disabilities has the opportunity to a free and appropriate education (FAPE) and there are many options for the deaf student in public school systems.  Here are a few:

  • Early intervention/Preschool programs
    • these programs are directed to teach deaf/hard of hearing children sign language, oral language and anything else they need to be prepared for kindergarten
  • Mainstreaming
    • partial:  the student is in mainstream classrooms but also attends a resource room with specially trained teachers on subjects he or she may need more help with
    • inclusion:  the student is in a mainstream classroom with normal hearing students
  • Self-contained classrooms
    • these classrooms are made for deaf or hard of hearing children only



A public school can be a very difficult place for the deaf student.  The school may provide an interpreter, which offers benefits and obstacles in its own right.  The interpreter can be the link from the deaf child's world to the hearing world in the public school.  The child can now be an active participant in classroom discussions and feel involved with the group.  On the other hand, interpreters are not required to be educators, so the student may still have to go to a third party to receve help on school work if the interpreter is unable to assist them.



Zapien, Cheryl (1998, July 15).  Options in Deaf Education - History, Methodologies, and Strategies for Surviving the System.  Retrieved June 30, 2009, from Listen Up Web.  Web site:  http://listen-up.org/edu/options1.htm


Kristen Mounts Thompson

July 1, 2009

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