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Needs Assessment of Services to Deaf-Blind Individuals. Final Report [microform] / Enid G. Wolf and Others
Bib ID 5431387
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Wolf, Enid G
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1982 
92 p. 

A survey of 33 administrators, 62 teachers, and 44 parents of deaf-blind children, and interviews with 50 deaf-blind adults were analyzed to determine the services needed by this population and to examine demographic characteristics. Demographic factors (age, sex, institutionalization, and geographic distribution) are reviewed, and varying definitions of deaf-blindness are cited. Descriptions of the type and range of services offered are provided and gaps in service delivery are identified, including lack of staff skill in the more sophisticated communication methods (such as fingerspelling or signing). Concerns were voiced by federal officials and state and local administrators over funding, especially when programs are called upon to service increasing numbers of deaf-blind persons with additional severe disabilities. Teachers expressed dissatisfaction with their preparation and predicted low level accomplishments for the students. Parents, for their part, were pessimistic about their children's future development. Deaf-blind adults indicated vocational preparation, communication training, and financial aid as the top three desired services, with social life and recreation most frequently cited as a problem. Data and relevant literature are summarized according to 14 topics, including the education process, the habilitation/rehabilitation process, and alternative living arrangements. A final chapter offers recommendations, including the need for a continued federal presence in the education of deaf-blind youth and for parent education and respite care. (CL)


Sponsoring Agency: Department of Education, Washington, DC.

Contract Number: 300-81-0426.

Educational level discussed: Elementary Secondary Education.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Administrator Attitudes.  |  Adults.  |  Attitudes.  |  Deaf Blind.  |  Demography.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Needs Assessment.  |  Parent Attitudes.  |  Surveys.  |  Teacher Attitudes.
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors REDEX, Inc. (Rehabilitation and Education Experts, Inc.), Silver Spring, MD
Available From ERIC 


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