Identifying C-Print as a support service for rural, mainstreamed deaf/hard of hearing students

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Title: Identifying C-Print as a support service for rural, mainstreamed deaf/hard of hearing students
Author: Hollier, Andrea
Abstract: The main focus of this qualitative research was to identify C-Print to participants who work and/or reside in a rural area. The research included 25 total participants. Eleven of the participants were deaf/hard of hearing students in grades 5-11 and attend various mainstreamed school settings. Fourteen adult participants included 7 teachers of the deaf, 2 parents, 1 adult sibling, 1 administrator and 3 educational interpreters. The participants attended a field trip to RIT/NTID to participate in a presentation/demonstration regarding C-Print. The respondents completed a preliminary questionnaire, post questionnaire and the students participants participated in one-on-one interviews about one to two weeks after the C-Print Presentation. The results of the project indicated there was a lack of awareness pertaining to C-Print before the project began. At the conclusion of the research project participants were able to indicate important aspects related to C-Print. The notes for studying and homework assistance were emphasized as an important aspect related to C-Print. The adult participants indicated the importance of the visual aspect of C-Print within the classroom. The outcome of this research allowed participants the opportunity to experience and learn about C-Print. Now they can assist respective school districts into taking into consideration the option to implement C-Print as an additional support service for deaf/hard of hearing students in the mainstreamed educational setting. Every student should have the opportunity to have the support services that are available and essential to help them as individual students to be successful in their educational experience. Assistive Technology as support services need to be addressed more assertively in the rural mainstreamed educational settings for deaf/hard of hearing students.
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Date: 2008-05

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