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Lessons Learned

By Kevin J. Miller and Michael J. Connolly


Educators confront many challenges in working with children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, but no challenge causes more anxiety than being called upon to be a witness in a special edu-cation due process hearing. The authors review issues related to communication modality and placement of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, discuss reasons that school districts end up in due process hearings, and cite pertinent court cases. They also offer suggestions that may help educators to provide effec-tive testimony and conclude by highlighting positive outcomes that can result from a hearing, regardless of the decision ren-dered. Teaching is a stressful occupation. Every day, educators con-front challenges—from preparing students for statewide test-ing to reporting signs of child abuse. These daily challenges can be trying, but probably no event produces more anxiet

Year: 2016
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