Updates on New Publications from the CIEC
Cochlear Implants and Sign Language: Building Foundations for Effective Educational Practices
The Clerc Center’ s Cochlear Implant Education Center hosted a national conference, "Cochlear Implants and Sign Language: Building Foundations for Effective Educational Practices," last year. One hundred professionals (30 from mainstream programs, 50 from schools for the deaf, and 20 from national organizations and university training programs) came together to address this important topic impacting deaf education. The conference offered a range of presentations, panels, and work groups that covered issues related to trends, challenges, effective practices, and future initiatives to address practices inclusive of spoken language and signed language for children with cochlear implants. The conference proceedings are published on the CIEC website.
ASHA Poster Session Features "Cochlear Implants and Sign Language: Considerations for Effective Practices"
Debra Nussbaum, coordinator of the Clerc Center’ s Cochlear Implant Education Center (CIEC), presented a poster session at the ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Convention held in Philadelphia from November 17-20.
Nussbaum discussed with the more than 100 poster session participants the range of initiatives the CIEC has been involved with related to practices inclusive of both spoken and signed language for children receiving cochlear implants.
"Since the Center started in 2000, our staff has interacted with over 9,000 professionals and families throughout the United States and sponsored two national conferences," said Nussbaum. "The Center also provides on-site educational programming supports for the approximately 20-40 students with cochlear implants enrolled annually at the Clerc Center's demonstration schools—Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf.”