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Conference Proceedings 2002

 

Cochlear Implants and Sign Language: Putting It All Together
(Identifying Effective Practices for Educational Settings)

April 11-12, 2002

Conference Proceedings

Preface

This Web site includes presentation transcripts and associated handouts from the conference "Cochlear Implants And Sign Language: Putting It All Together (Identifying Effective Practices For Educational Settings)," which was hosted by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University on April 11-12, 2002. 

As you navigate this site, please keep in mind that:

  • Approximately 125 participants were in attendance at this meeting. Represented were 20 schools for the deaf and 16 regional/public school programs. There were 30 administrators, 44 speech and hearing professionals, 30 teachers, and 16 consultants (four based in hospital settings whose role includes working with school programs). There were 17 deaf/hard of hearing participants.
  • The purpose of the conference was to provide an opportunity for professionals working in educational settings that include sign language to discuss issues and practices impacting effective programming for students with implants. The purpose was not to debate the appropriateness of various methodologies for implanted students.
  • Information in these transcripts/documents (and this Web site) represents a compilation of the opinions and ideas of individual professionals and programs. Information documented does not represent a consensus of the group or necessarily reflect the opinions of the Clerc Center (exclusive of information directly related to sharing of Clerc Center programs).

For more information about the conference or this Web site, please e-mail Debra Nussbaum at Debra.Nussbaum@gallaudet.edu.

To view the text (without the handouts and PowerPoint presentations) of all of the presentations, program sharings, and discussion group summaries in one document, click here (for Word) (121 pages) or here (for PDF).

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Welcome

By Dr. Jane Fernandes, Provost, Gallaudet University

Text of presentation (in Microsoft Word)

 

Conference Overview

By Debra Nussbaum, Coordinator, Cochlear Implant Education Center,

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

PowerPoint presentation (87KB)

Presentations

A. Keynote Presentation: Cochlear Implants in Children: Ethics and Choices

By Dr. Irene W. Leigh, Professor of Psychology, Gallaudet University, and
Dr. John Christiansen, Professor of Sociology, Gallaudet University

Cochlear Implants in Children: Ethics and Choices (the book)
PowerPoint presentation (420KB)
PowerPoint presentation (in PDF, 336KB)
Text of presentation (in Microsoft Word)

 

B. Mid-conference Presentation (Pre-discussion Groups): Considerations for Effectively Integrating Spoken Language and Sign Language for Students with Cochlear Implants

By Mary Koch, Auditory Education Consultant, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

Text of presentation (in Microsoft Word)

Handout: Sign Language as a Bridge to Spoken Language (in Microsoft Word)

C. Closing Presentation: Considerations for the Future: Putting It All Together

By Dr. Patricia Spencer, Professor, Department of Social Work, Gallaudet University

PowerPoint presentation (74KB)
Text of presentation (in Microsoft Word)

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Program Sharing

A. Columbia Regional Program, Portland, Oregon
By Nancy Rushmer, Language Consultant, and
Arla Melum, Pediatric Audiologist/Infant-Family Specialist

Text of presentation (in Microsoft Word)

B. Judy Harrison, Educational Consultant (Beth Israel Medical Center), New York, New York
By Judy Harrison, Coordinator, Educational Services

PowerPoint presentation (44KB)
Text of presentation (in Microsoft Word)

C. St. Mary's School for the Deaf, Buffalo, New York
By Kathy Wilson-Ward, Audiologist

PowerPoint presentation (40KB)
Text of presentation (in Microsoft Word)

D. Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's Cochlear Implant Education Center, Washington, DC
By Debra Nussbaum, Coordinator, and
Bettie Waddy-Smith, Speech Language Pathologist

PowerPoint presentation (11,326KB)
PowerPoint presentation (in PDF, 167KB)

E. The Learning Center For Deaf Children, Framingham and Randolph, Massachusetts
By Nancy Maguire, Director, Randolph Campus,
Stephanie Angelini, Speech Language Pathologist, Randolph Campus, and
Wende Grass, Coordinator, Parent-Infant Program, Randolph Campus

PowerPoint presentation (5,498KB)
PowerPoint presentation (in PDF, 259KB)
Text of presentation (in Microsoft Word)

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Discussion Group Summaries

A. Topic: Rationale/basic beliefs about language/communication for implanted children who use sign language

B. Topic: Language/communication options and choices—when, how, why?

C. Topic: Components of a comprehensive program for children with implants: supports for students

D. Topic: Components of a comprehensive program for children with implants: supports for staff and families

E. Topic: Early intervention: Planning and strategies for the emergent language learner with a cochlear implant

F. Topic: Elementary/high school: Planning and strategies for implanted students who are established sign language users

G. Topic: Addressing the needs of signing students with implants in the mainstream

H. Topic: Language and communication assessment and training (for habilitation specialists)

As part of the conference, 123 conference attendees were divided into 10 groups of approximately 10 to 13 members to participate in focused, two-hour discussion and brainstorming sessions on selected topics (see topics below). Professionals from the Clerc Center and other local professionals served as facilitators for the discussion groups. The groups were presented with discussion guidelines, specific questions to address, and a variety of handouts related to the specific topic being discussed.

The discussion groups provided a forum for participants to engage in small group interchange; the goal of each discussion group was for the members to identify and delineate concerns and recommendations within a specific topic area related to designing and implementing educational programs for students with cochlear implants in educational environments utilizing sign language. The points documented by the note taker during discussion represent individual participant input and do not necessarily reflect a consensus of the group.

Notes taken at the brainstorming sessions were compiled afterwards in outline form and presented by the group facilitators at a general session the next morning of the conference. The following are summaries of the presentations (both the speaker's comments and the outline that was presented via overhead).

Also included as an addendum is a philosophy statement from the cochlear implant subcommittee of the Bi-Bi committee at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont.

A. Topic: Rationale/basic beliefs about language/communication for implanted children who use sign language

B. Topic: Language/communication options and choices—when, how, why?

C. Topic: Components of a comprehensive program for children with implants: supports for students

Handouts:

D. Topic: Components of a comprehensive program for children with implants: supports for staff and families

E. Topic: Early intervention: Planning and strategies for the emergent language learner with a cochlear implant

F. Topic: Elementary/high school: Planning and strategies for implanted students who are established sign language users

G. Topic: Addressing the needs of signing students with implants in the mainstream

H. Topic: Language and communication assessment and training (for habilitation specialists)

I. Addendum: California School for the Deaf in Fremont Philosophy Statement
on Cochlear Implants

 

Conference Highlights: Emerging Issues

Closing Comments

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

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