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Selected lbpics of Interest: 1986 The "Selected Topics of Interest" was initiated as a section of the Annals Reference Issue in April, 1974, as a means of providing additional statistical and reference-type data on current focal concerns. An index of those articles published from 1974 to 1984 is provided in the April 1984 Reference Issue. The focus of this section for 1986 is on the interpretations, legal clarifications, and partial consequences of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (P.L. 94-142) as it relates, a decade later, to children with sensory impairments —in particular, to those who are deaf. Included are: "Framework for Appropriate Programs for Deaf Children " "The Legal Necessity for Residential Schools Serving Deaf, Blind, and Multi-Handicapped Sensory-Impaired Children" "Hearing-Impaired Children Under Age 6: 1977-1984." Framework for Appropriate Programs for Deaf Children Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf Richard G. Brill, Barbara MacNeil, and Lawrence R. Newman* PREFACE In 1973 the Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf, Inc. published and distributed Recommended Organizational Policies in the Education of the Deaf. This was written by an Ad Hoc Committee comprised of Dr. Richard G. Brill, Superintendent , California School for the Deaf, Riverside; Dr. Edward Merrill Jr., President of Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C; and Dr. D. Robert Frisina, President, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, New York. In 1983 the Executive Committee of the Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf, Inc. (successor to the Conference of Executives of American Schools for the Deaf) decided that the 1973 publication should be revised and updated. They appointed an Ad Hoc Committee with instructions to develop a document that describes the "unique socioeducational needs" of deaf students and standards for a full range of educational programs to meet those needs. Dr. Richard G. Brill who had chaired the Ad Hoc Committee in 1973 and who was now retired was appointed to chair the new committee. Barbara MacNeil, Coordinator of Special Education for the San Diego Unified School District; and Lawrence R. Newman, nationally known deaf educator of the deaf and Assistant Superintendent of the California School for the Deaf, Riverside were the other members of this new Ad Hoc Committee. A panel including educators of the deaf, state administrators , and parents of deaf children was appointed to serve as *CEASD Ad Hoc Committee, Richard Brill, Chairperson. A.A.O. I April 1986 readers/reactors. The members of this panel were: Bonnie Fairchild, Delaware; Barry Griffing, Arizona; Doin Hicks, District of Columbia; Roslyn Rosen, District of Columbia; and Peyton Williams, Jr., Georgia. This document, entitled "Framework for Appropriate Programs for Deaf Children" was the result of the work of this committee and was completed in the spring of 1985. INTRODUCTION The purpose of this document is to specify the standards which are necessary for personnel and school programs to be accepted as appropriate to provide assessment and education for hearing-impaired children. It is to provide especially the information necessary to ensure the appropriate placement of each hearing-impaired child. This document has three major parts. Part A has a statement about the basis for special education in the United States, and the position of the Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf concerning special education for the hearing-impaired child, the categories of hearing impairment, and the unique socio-educational needs of deaf children. This is followed by a description of the development of educational programs for the deaf and the pressures for local programs. Part B has three sections. The first section specifies the qualifications of professional personnel serving the hearing impaired. The second section is concerned with the assessment of hearing-impaired children. The third section is concerned with programs, program options and program patterns . Part C lists specific standards for facilities, programs and services. It also contains a list of questions to be used as criteria for integration. Appropriate Programs 65 It is the contention of all conscientious, qualified and experienced educators of the deaf, as well as many parents of deaf children, and deaf adults that the education of deaf children is very different from the education of other children , handicapped or nonhandicapped...


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