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

Information Delivery Mechanisms

OSERS was interested in knowing how information about providing services to disabled students might most effectively be disseminated to institutions. In response to OSERS interest in this information, respondents at all institutions were asked to rank four information delivery mechanisms in the order in which they would be most likely to use them to obtain information about providing services to deaf and hard of hearing students. Respondents indicated that they were most likely to use a newsletter to obtain this information; 45 percent ranked a newsletter as most likely and only 9 percent ranked it as least likely (Figure 8). An electronic bulletin board was least likely to be used, with only 6 percent of respondents ranking this delivery mechanism as most likely and 71 percent ranking it as least likely to be used. Resource/technical assistance centers and information clearinghouses 11 were moderately likely to be used, with about a quarter of respondents ranking each of these delivery mechanisms as most likely to be used.

11A resource/technical assistance motor is an information resource that provides consultation, technical assistance, and related services in response to specific inquiries; responses and services are usually tailored to the individual request. An information clearinghouse is so information resource that provides general information and referral services on identified topics.