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Education Programs: K–12 Day Schools

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

Students who are deaf have a variety of educational opportunities today. Historically, the deaf were educated in residential schools; however, the passage of Public Law 94-142 changed the face of American education for the Deaf. Today, students are included in the local public classroom with modifications and adaptations provided through special education services and the law. These changes have increased an interest in day schools and provided a transitional setting between the once customary residential school setting with a hearty deaf culture, and the general public school setting where students are integrated and educated with same-age peers.

Day schools have become a popular choice for many families of children who are deaf. Day schools allow students to remain within a closer range to their primary community ...

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