1. As teachers of the deaf, why should we be concerned with this population?

Hispanics in general:

Deaf Hispanics:

Application of Information

Statistics concerning the poor educational performance of d/Deaf Hispanic children are both alarming and tragic. However, as educators, we must recognize that these achievement levels are more likely a function of the lack of specialized programs and culturally-sensitive personnel than the characteristics of the children themselves. It is our responsibility to develop an understanding of these studentsí cultural realities and to raise expectations concerning their performance in school.

References

Cohen, O. (1993). Educational needs of African American and Hispanic deaf children and youth. In Christensen, K. M., & Delgado, G.L. (Eds.), Multicultural issues in deafness. New York: Longman Publishing.

Fradd, S., & Correa, V. (1989). Hispanic students at risk: Do we abdicate or advocate? Exceptional Children, 56 (2), 105-110.

Gerner de Garcia, B. (1993). Addressing the needs of Hispanic deaf children. In Christensen, K.M., & Delgado, G.L. (Eds.), Multicultural issues in deafness. New York: Longman Publishing.

Johns, J. (1989). Black and Hispanic deaf students: Do we help or hinder? The Progress Report. Washington, DC: Gallaudet College Press.

Wolk, S., & Schildroth, A.N. (1986). Deaf children and speech intelligibility: A national study. In Schildroth, A.N., & Karchmer, M.A. (Eds.), Deaf children in America. Boston: College-Hill Press.

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