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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Postsecondary Education
NCES 94394
March 1994

Information Useful to Institutions in Regard to Providing Services

OSERS was interested in knowing what kinds of information would be most useful to institutions in regard to providing support services to deaf and hard of hearing students. For planning purposes, OSERS was interested in knowing whether institutions needed more information about applicable federal legislation, information about resources for service provision (such as service providers and technologies), or technical assistance in providing services. In response to OSERS' interest in this information, respondents at all institutions were asked to select from a list up to three kinds of information that would be most useful to their institution in regard to providing services to deaf and hard of hearing students. Information about what kinds of technologies or devices are available for postsecondary institutions to use in providing services to deaf and hard of hearing students was selected by respondents at 66 percent of institutions (Figure 7). Information about federal legislation also was selected frequently, with respondents at 61 percent of institutions interested in information about what is required of postsecondary institutions under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, and 46 percent interested in information about what is required of postsecondary institutions under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Respondents at 39 percent of the institutions would like assistance in deciding how best to provide services to deaf or hard of hearing students generally 31 percent were interested in information on how or where to find qualified persons to provide special services such as sign language or oral interpreting; and 23 percent would like assistance in deciding how best to provide services to specific deaf or hard of hearing students.