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Education: Transition

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

Transition, defined within the context of deaf education, refers explicitly to the phase between a student’s high school graduation and what comes next: employment, vocational training, or higher education. This topic is especially important to members of the Deaf community, educators, and paraprofessionals, who seek to ensure the success of deaf individuals and their assimilation into the public at-large.

The permutations of deaf education models in the Americas are wide and varied. As a result, deaf students are often unprepared to navigate successfully the world beyond high school, which requires a number of skill sets. A sampling of skills would include the ability to communicate with a variety of people, the ability to be an advocate for oneself in terms of access or rights based ...

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