NSD the driv­ing force in es­tab­lish­ing itin­er­ant ser­vices through­out prov­ince

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This ser­vice started in 1976 and the School for the Deaf pro­vided itin­er­ant teach­ers, equip­ment, inser­vice train­ing and au­di­o­log­i­cal ser­vices to stu­dents at­tend­ing schools on the Avalon Penin­sula un­til the year 2000, when the depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion trans­ferred these ser­vices to the school boards against the wishes of the school boards, the itin­er­ant teach­ers and the School for the Deaf.

Also, dur­ing the pe­riod 19762000 the New­found­land School for the Deaf eval­u­ated and ap­proved all pro­pos­als by school boards to of­fer ser­vices to the Deaf and Hard of Hear­ing for the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. This in­cluded iden­ti­fy­ing and as­sess­ing the needs of stu­dents, as­sist­ing boards in re­cruit­ing qual­i­fied teach­ers, pro­vid­ing and main­tain­ing am­pli­fi­ca­tion equip­ment, pro­vid­ing in-ser­vice train­ing to itin­er­ant teach­ers, pro­vid­ing ad­vice and con­sul­ta­tion to school boards on devel­op­ment of their pro­grams and pro­vid­ing inser­vice train­ing to teach­ers in the reg­u­lar school sys­tem who had deaf or hard of hear­ing stu­dents in their class­rooms.

It should be noted NSD was the driv­ing force in es­tab­lish­ing itin­er­ant ser­vices for Deaf and hard of hear­ing stu­dents in all ar­eas of New­found­land and Labrador. Con­sul­ta­tions with and sup­port for school board pro­gram­ming by the School for The Deaf was dis­con­tin­ued by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in 2000, and ser­vices to School Boards were re­duced.

In­te­grat­ing Deaf and Hard of Hear­ing stu­dents when ap­pro­pri­ate did not re­duce the need for a School for the Deaf.

Elim­i­nat­ing the his­toric role the school had in sup­port­ing school boards, itin­er­ant teach­ers and deaf and hard of hear­ing stu­dents and mak­ing an in­te­grated op­tion the only avail­able op­tion did.

In 1978, the School for the Deaf took on the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices to par­ents of pre-school chil­dren with hear­ing loss. This pro­gram, which was started as part of the Telemedicine project by Dr. Max House and Dr. Clare Neville-Smith had re­ceived in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of the day, agreed with the pro­posal by Dr. Neville-Smith the School for the Deaf should take over op­er­a­tion of this pro­gram. This was a prov­ince wide pro­gram, widely re­spected and along with the in­volve­ment in board op­er­ated pro­grams for school age stu­dents en­abled the School for the Deaf to be in con­stant touch with Health Pro­fes­sion­als, Ed­u­ca­tors and Par­ents in ev­ery part of the prov­ince.

This pro­gram was re­duced dras­ti­cally and then elim­i­nated in 2003-2004. Re­mov­ing the School for the Deaf from its prov­ince wide re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and pres­ence in the Health and Ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem con­trib­uted more to its demise than any ‘ new technology’.

Fi­nally, the Min­is­ter has not de­nied the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion took the ad­mis­sion process (which had been the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the School for about 40 years) away from the School in 2003. The Min­is­ter claims stu­dents were not de­nied ad­mis­sion in spite of ev­i­dence to the con­trary.

One won­ders why else the Depart­ment would have re­moved this long-stand­ing author­ity from the School. Charles Harkins, Prin­ci­pal

New­found­land School for the Deaf (1978-2001)

Spar­tan­burg, SC

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