Abstract

According to even the most conservative estimates, at least a quarter of deaf children have additional disabilities. Most teacher preparation programs do not sufficiently prepare teacher candidates for the challenges posed by these children. This article describes a professional development effort to prepare in-service educators of the deaf to work with students with additional disabilities. Over a 3-year period, teachers selected these in-service topics: etiologies, vision conditions, behavior, transition, sensory integration, seizures, alternate assessment, and instructional strategies. In-class consultation was requested for support in the areas of formal assessment instruments, behavior, and student performance. Elements of effective professional development programs, such as honoring teachers’ choices about topics and participation, responding to teachers’ immediate classroom concerns, and providing inclass follow-up support, facilitated the success of this effort.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0375
Print ISSN
0002-726X
Pages
pp. 368-375
Launched on MUSE
2008-11-23
Open Access
No
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