Reflections of a group of deaf adults on their experiences in mainstream and residential school programs in the United States

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Title: Reflections of a group of deaf adults on their experiences in mainstream and residential school programs in the United States
Author: Foster, Susan
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to learn about mainstream and residential school programs for deaf students in the United States from the perspective of the deaf person, and to present the experiences of clients of educational services in their own words. Data for this paper were collected through open-ended, in-depth interviews with 25 graduates from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID at RIT). The comments of informants suggest that there are advantages and disadvantages inherent in each educational model. For example, the selection of one model over another may involve 'trading' academic for social opportunity. In particular, it is suggested that both kinds of school experiences play a critical role in the socialization of deaf people and the development of deaf community. It is recommended that further research be conducted to learn more about the perspectives of deaf people on educational services and to explore with them the long term as well as the immediate impact of different kinds of school environments.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/6060
Publishers URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02674648966780031
Date: 1989

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