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Cochlear Implants and Sign Language: Preface

(Identifying Effective Practices for Educational Settings)

April 11-12, 2002 Conference Proceedings
Edited by Debra Nussbaum, Rita LaPorta, and Jennifer Hinger

The full paper (in PDF, 85 pages, 1.16MB)


About the Editors and Preface


By Dr. Jane Fernandes
By Debra Nussbaum, Coordinator, Cochlear Implant Education Center

Conference Overview


Keynote Presentation: Cochlear Implants in Children: Ethics and Choices
Mid-conference Presentation (Pre-discussion Groups): Considerations for Effectively Integrating Spoken Language and Sign Language for Students with Cochlear Implants
Closing Presentation: Considerations for the Future: Putting It All Together

Program Sharing

  • Columbia Regional Program, Portland, Oregon
  • Judy Harrison, Educational Consultant, New York, New York
  • St. Mary's School for the Deaf, Buffalo, New York
  • Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Washington, D.C.
  • The Learning Center for Deaf Children, Framingham and Randolph, Massachusetts

A Summary of the Discussion Groups

  • Rationale/Beliefs Related to the Use of Sign Language for Implanted Children
  • Issues of Concern Regarding Language and Communication Use for Implanted Children
  • General Considerations for Developing Educational Programs for Implanted Students
  • Considerations: Working with Families
  • Considerations: Professional Training
  • Considerations: Collaboration with Medical Settings
  • Considerations: Including Implanted Students in Signing Environments
  • Considerations: Addressing the Needs of Signing Students in the Mainstream
  • Considerations: The Early Childhood Years
  • Considerations: Later Implanted Students
  • Considerations: Language and Communication Assessment and Training

Conference Highlights: Emerging Issues

Closing Comments
By Dr. Katherine A. Jankowski, Interim Dean, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Appendix: Resources

  • Agencies/Organizations
  • Assessment Tools
  • Cochlear Implant Manufacturers
  • Computer Software for Developing Spoken Language Skills
  • Web Resources
  • Additional Training Resources