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Schley, Sara; Trussell, Jessica – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
Already a widely diverse group, deaf and hard of hearing students have different communication preferences, physical and academic abilities, and personality traits. When a deaf or hard of hearing individual also has one or more disabilities, the diversity increases exponentially. A deaf or hard of hearing child's already complex needs are…
Descriptors: Deafness, Students with Disabilities, Hearing Impairments, Individualized Education Programs
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Denney, Carl Wayne – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
Every day Carl Wayne Denney or his wife, Tuesday, becomes a teacher for Livia, their 13-year-old daughter. They have enrolled their daughter in schools and programs around the country, but they have not been able to find a program that can provide the support they need. In their search for the appropriate school, they have experienced objections…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Sexual Identity, Children, Females
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Hlibok, Tawny Holmes – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
For parents and teachers, Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings can be stressful. Worse, they can be ineffective--with parent, teacher, and student feeling that words were exchanged and passions ignited--without meaningful discussion, let alone effective development of or change in the student's educational program. One way to reduce the…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Hayes, Christopher – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
According to the University of Notre Dame's online dictionary (n.d.), the word advocacy comes partly from the Latin word "advocare," which means "to summon or call to one's aid." This definition provides an interesting look into what advocacy means when looking at the special needs of a child. Advocacy is a summoning of…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Parent Participation, Educational Needs, Deafness
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Howerton-Fox, Amanda; Falk, Jodi L. – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in the Bronx, N.Y., has been undergoing significant changes in our approach and our curriculum, and including parents has been an informative and critical part of the process. For decades, we employed a Total Communication approach to educating our students. However, just over two years ago, the administration…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Communication Strategies
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Lightfoot, Mary Henry – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
Advocating for deaf or hard of hearing child can be a daunting task … and intimidating. So many professionals around a table and the parent. What can parents do to advocate for deaf or hard of hearing children? Why is advocating for these child at school meetings important? As Apple says (2009), "There's an app for that!" The Laurent…
Descriptors: Parents, Advocacy, Computer Oriented Programs, Deafness
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Neria, Christy M.; Young, Stephanie M.; Colantuono, Delcina M. – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
Recently, the authors' district reconfigured the program for deaf and hard of hearing students, combining the Total Communication (TC) and Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) programs for elementary students and relocating students and staff into a single school. This prompted staff to reflect on and discuss the pedagogy unique to each program.…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Total Communication, Listening
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Schatz, Susan J.; Lutz, Lori – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center has begun a research project, Families of Color Advocacy, to learn about parents/caregivers of color's advocacy efforts and experiences to ensure their deaf or hard of hearing children's educational needs are met. The undertaking of this research project is based on key principles so that…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Minority Groups, Parent Attitudes
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LaMarr, Todd; Egbert, Lisalee D. – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
This article discusses how and why the lessons learned from research with hearing children can easily be applied to deaf and hard of hearing children. While educators have long advocated early use of American Sign Language (ASL) for deaf and hard of hearing children in order for them to experience the benefit of full language access, parents and…
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Hearing Impairments, Deafness, Second Language Learning
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Sheikh, Sitara – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
The transition from school to work is wonderful and exciting, but the process can also be scary. Each of us goes through it--turning 18, opening a bank account, applying for a first job, and the myriad of activities entailed in legally becoming an adult. While some students, in accordance with the law, remain in school until they are 21, at…
Descriptors: Vocational Rehabilitation, Deafness, Adjustment (to Environment), Autism
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Ocuto, Oscar – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
I remember asking my mother at different points in my life why I could read better--generally handle English better--than my friends. Mama would always consider the unusual depth and speed of my language and literacy development and respond with a variation of the following: "I refused to accept what the doctors were telling me. I refused to…
Descriptors: Deafness, Family Role, Advocacy, Parent Participation
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Greene-Woods, Ashley N.; Delgado, Natalie J. – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
This article shares the story of Jose, a student that presents an extreme example of what can happen to deaf and hard of hearing children in our nation's schools when assessment data is either inaccurate or ignored and parental input is absent. Presenting a unique challenge to the educational system, each deaf or hard of hearing child is at the…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Penland, Traci – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
This article is the story of how Traci Penland, the mother of three children, two of whom are deaf, stopped thinking of "the school"--the combined presence of teachers, professionals, support staff, deaf education specialists, audiologists, and administrators--as her enemy in her pursuit to help her daughter in her educational journey. A…
Descriptors: Deafness, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Role
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Johnson, Ukawia – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
After having the son with cerebral palsy and auditory neuropathy, the authors had to learn how to advocate for her son. After 12 years of ups and downs, uncertainties, hard work, determination, and tears, her son James graduated from high school with a regular diploma. In this article, she describes of the struggles she and her son had to go…
Descriptors: Deafness, Mother Attitudes, Sons, Parent Child Relationship
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DesGeorge, Janet – Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 2019
Hands & Voices has been conducting training informally and formally with parents and professionals for many years. In 2015 the Hands & Voices Advocacy, Support, and Training (ASTra) Program was launched with a belief in parent-educator partnership at its core. Rather than creating separate trainings for parents and professionals, they…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Training
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