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Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Mainstream Schools

MN Hands & Voices
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For Families with Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Pizza and cookies will be provided, so get here early and settle in to this rare opportunity to hear Sheri Cook, Director of Gallaudet University Regional Center for the Midwest at John A. Logan College.

Over 80% of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) in the U.S. are mainstreamed in public school programs. Just a few of these students learn about Deaf identities, have deaf friends and deaf role models. Many mainstream DHH students feel isolated because they are placed in educational settings that are unfamiliar with deafness and are not equipped to meet DHH students’ social and emotional needs. The presenter will discuss her personal struggle as a deaf person growing up in different mainstreamed educational settings. She will explore various ways mainstreamed DHH students can meet other deaf people and discover their Deaf identities.

Ms Cook communicates using Listening and Spoken Language and ASL with equal skill. She is a shining example of someone who has straddled the hearing and deaf worlds and found a place in each.