Technology fuels deaf education debate – Web Extra

    Kerry Grens of WHYY’s Health and Science Desk, interviews Debbie Trapani, principal of the Delaware School for the Deaf’s elementary school.


    The Delaware School for the Deaf takes a bilingual approach to education for kids who have assistive technology and cochlear implants, what is the value in teaching kids both languages?

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    So, in case implants don’t work, having American Sign Language as standard native language ensures they are never without a language?



    What approaches does the Delaware School for the Deaf take to have children learn bilingually?



    In the story I had reported, Roberta Golinkoff at the University of Delaware was saying that children need to be immersed even more in spoken language when they have cochlear implant. So how would you respond to her that there’s not enough immersion at the Delaware School for the Deaf?

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