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Summary: High Impact Strategies

High Impact Strategies

The CIEC reviewed the high impact strategies recommended by conference participants to address the challenges those in the deaf education field face in planning for current and future generations of deaf children who will be using cochlear implants. The strategies narrowed to recommendations in three major areas:

  1. Leadership to promote networking and collaboration
  2. Development and sharing of resources
  3. Encouragement of outreach activities

The Clerc Center will look closely at these recommendations in planning their next strategic steps.

  1. Leadership to promote networking and collaboration:
    • Establish a national collaborative training network to promote interaction of administrators and educators interested in and involved with designing and implementing programs and strategies inclusive of spoken language and sign language for children with cochlear implants.
  2. Development and Sharing of Resources
    • Develop and disseminate new resources (print, online, video) discussing and demonstrating the benefit of approaches inclusive of sign language and spoken language for children with cochlear implants.
    • Gather and share existing resources to promote approaches and describe benefits of programs and strategies inclusive of sign language for children with cochlear implants (to be translated into various languages)
  3. Encouragement of Outreach Activities
    • Collaborate with school professionals throughout the United States to identify and implement a plan to promote dissemination of information about the benefits of sign/spoken approaches and inclusion of deaf professionals for children with cochlear implants. Provide outreach to:
      1. Hospital cochlear implant centers
      2. Educational administrators
      3. National organizations such as American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA), American Academy of Audiology, Educational Audiology Association, and organizations for medical doctors.
      4. Early intervention programs
      5. University training programs