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Commission on the Education of the Deaf

  • By: Joseph Dewey
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

On August 4, 1986, at the request of President Ronald Reagan and at the direction of the U.S. Congress, a blue-ribbon commission was established as part of the Education of the Deaf Act (1986) to look into the quality of public and private education offered to Deaf children. The commission was asked to look into the full range of education, from pre-K to graduate school as well as vocational schools. The ambitious agenda—the final report, more than 160 pages long, was delivered to Congress nearly 2 years later—was compelled as much by Reagan’s own interest in the deaf (he himself was partially deaf and wore a hearing aid) as by advocates for Deaf education, citing a reluctance on the part of school systems and ...

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