Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

Being alone is hard!  We often hear the term “Critical Mass” and its value wi th studends who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), not only when budgeting for services, but to help students recognize that they are not alone. Similarly, teachers of the deaf or hard of hearing and others who support students with hearing loss educationally derive significant benefits from having a DHH professional ‘community.’ [Read More]

Critical mass. A past Hands & Voices article titled “How Many are Enough? Defining ‘Critical Mass’ ” defines critical mass as the number of students in a classroom, program or school that share a common communication mode  and characteristics that are sufficient to support direct interaction opportunities. Critical Mass helps build a stronger identity, provides role models, and enhances self-esteem and a better concept of self. In today’s mainstreaming environment, more than 88% of students who are DHH attend school in their home district. The number of DHH students who receive special services is approximately 1% of total students.

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