Position Papers

Position paper #1: Expanding Options for Early Deaf Education in Delaware–The Problem

May 4, 2010
Delaware is failing to meet the educational needs of the majority of its deaf and hard of hearing children in a manner consistent with modern research and with the language and cultural preferences of most families affected by childhood hearing loss. This paper reviews the literature, reports the results of qualitative research conducted in Delaware in 2009, and shows striking similarities between problems reported recently with those published in 1997. Read this paper here.

Position paper #2: Expanding Options for Early Deaf Education in Delaware–The Solution

July 12, 2011
This paper reviews failed efforts to develop a Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) program through the Delaware School for the Deaf and Statewide Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (hereafter “DSD”). It argues that DSD, because of philosophical and cultural orientations of its leadership and staff, may not be capable of administering, designing, or delivering an LSL program based on the standards of the AG Bell Academy. The paper offers several alternative approaches to an LSL program that do not involve DSD and a solution that synthesizes the best features of all three. Full paper.