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Education Programs: K–12 Oral Schools

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

The educational expectations for deaf children have risen over the past several decades, and many educational options are available for these students. Deaf education involves systematically monitored and individually based teaching methods, adaptive settings and materials, and other adjustments designed to aid students of a variety of hearing levels and address their unique needs.

This education goes beyond what the student would traditionally experience in a typical “hearing” classroom and is designed to help deaf students achieve success in their school and community by establishing a higher degree of self-sufficiency. Candidates for Deaf education will have hearing loss that ranges from slight to profound. In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, education professionals use the acronym IEP when referring to a student’s individualized education ...

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