EDUDEAF: Research on Autism and Deafness

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Subj: information needed
Date: 97-02-10 18:04:46 EST
From: mimi@TOP.MONAD.NET (Jessie Wiggin)
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I am doing a paper, not quite sure of the parameters yet, but I want to do research on autism and deafness. If anyone on the server has any info or any books that would be helpful I would appreciate it. This is for a Research Methods class. One of my projects is an APA proposal paper. A member of my family is profoundly deaf, and now they are wondering about a degree of autism. This paper gives me a chance to read up on autism and to be fairly knowlegeable about the subject, but I really would appreciate any input that anyone has to offer.

Thanks.
Jessie Wiggin

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Subj: Re: information needed
Date: 97-02-10 21:26:00 EST
From: bpengell@ICAN.NET (William Pengelly)
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Jessie,

I have not seen anything on Autism and deafness, but I know that they can teach autistic children sign language when they are past the critical stage for speech.

There is a Doctor in Florida, his name is Vincent Van Helsent (sp?) and he teaches at one of the universities. If you use a webbrowser like:

you will find his e-mail address. He has done some work and has had it published regarding working with the deaf who are also developmentally disabled. Try the Journal for Consulting and Clinical Psychology for any of his papers.

Another way to get information is through a program called CARE in Ottawa Ontario, Canada. They are a centre for autistic kids and they do behavioural treatments with some success. They might have more information at their fingertips than I do.

Hope this helps,

William Pengelly (Bill)
2nd year Behavioural Science Student
Kingston Ont. Canada
bpengell@ican.net

"While it may be difficult to teach a hearing person to sign, it is impossible to teach a deaf person how to hear. The onus isn't on the deaf, it falls on the hearing."

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Subj: Re: information needed
Date: 97-02-11 02:46:59 EST
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Hi Jessie,

Officially, to the best of my knowledge, you can not be "officially" deaf and be also labeled autistic. The medical definiition of autism excludes any individual with a "known sensory impairment" [i.e. deafness or blindness]. I've been fighting this one for many years, having worked with both deaf and blind students that I would label autistic. The only label we are permitted to use is a deaf child with autistic like characteristics....one of which I am working with right now.

Kathy Pongor
Resource Teacher
Team 3/4/5 KDES

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Subj: Re: information needed
Date: 97-02-12 16:09:53 EST
From: henne@MOOSE.NCIA.NET (John & Robin Henne)
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Suggest you contact Tom Jones at Gallaudet - he has taught and presented workshops for a number of years about Deaf/hard of hearing with additional issues. He can probably suggest some useful direction. --

Robin Henne
Shelburne NH

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