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Study: Were You “Alone in the Mainstream?”

From Drs. Gina Oliva and Linda Lytle

 We are researchers and faculty members from Gallaudet University who are collaborating on a book for parents, teachers, administrators, and educational interpreters that will present the essence and pervasive themes of the solitary mainstream experience of deaf and hard of hearing adults between the ages of 18 and 34.

We want to include the voices of individuals who were the only (or one of a few) deaf/hh (50 db or greater) child in their school for most of their K – 12 years. We want to share with readers how these young adults look back on their years in the mainstream, and particularly their recommendations for improving the mainstream experience of current and future deaf and hard of hearing children.

If you are between the ages of 18 – 34, had a db loss of 50 or greater during your K-12 years, and spent at least 5 years "alone in the mainstream,” we invite you to fill out a survey for our upcoming book.

This research is approved by the Gallaudet University IRB. Confidentiality is assured. Please click on this link to begin and please help us spread the word to others!!!!