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 January 30, 2013 1
Introduction to the Deaf -BlindCommunity and Culture
Summer Session
Section: ASL 195 - Z2
Kevin L. RichmondAppointment only
 Credit Hours:
People who want to gain their knowledge about Deaf-Blind Community andCulture should take this course. The course applies to people who are teachers, Teacher of theDeaf and Hard of Hearing, Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and anyone who wantsto learn and work with Deaf-Blind people.
Course Description:
 This course is an introduction to various perspectives of the Deaf-Blind community. The focuswill be on the variety of communication modes and cultural norms that are discovered within theDeaf-Blind community.
Goals of the Course:
Understand different types, causes and symptoms of deaf-blindness.
Understand and learn how to use the different types of communication involved with deaf-blindness. (e.g. tactile, close vision).
Understand the factors and concomitant results of various syndromes
Identify the similarities and differences between Deaf and Deaf-Blind Cultures.Understand different types, causes andsymptoms of deaf-blindness
Identify common etiologies that affectvision and hearing.
Understand for factors and concomitantresults of various syndromes.Classroom presentation, activity, quiz, anddiscussion.Be able to identify and use the different typesof communication involved withdeaf/blindness (i.e. tactile/close vision).Classroom presentation, activity, quiz, anddiscussion.Be able to identify and practice of etiquette in Classroom presentation, activity, quiz, and
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Deaf-Blind Culture.
Identify the similarities and differentbetween Deaf and Deaf-Blind Cultures.discussion.
Common Etiologies related to deaf-blindness2.
Various of types of hearing and vision losses.Cultural/Psychosocial1.
Differences between Deaf and Deaf Blind CultureCommunication Strategies1.
Various modes of communication
Text/Materials (required):
Smith, T.B. (1994).
Guidelines: Practical tips for working and socializing with Deaf-Blind people.
Handouts thru Blackboard
Ear plugs (can purchase at local drug store) and blindfolds -- bring to
Attendance Expectations:
Attendance is
. Since most of the learning in this course takes place through thecourse exercises, attendance is a must. There is no way to reliably makeup for the lostexperience. Students are expected to arrive to class on time. Arriving more than 15 minutes lateto class or leaving early from class will be considered as an unexcused class absence. No latearrivals are allowed on test day.
If a student is not able to attend class, will be late to class orneed to leave early from class for any reason, notify your instructor in advance by e-mail orphone.
Late notifications of being absent or being late to class are not acceptable. It is yourresponsibility to get any missed information from your classmates and do it on your own time.Chronic tardiness will result in significant deduction to students’ final participation grade.
Students will be permitted up to TWO absences. Any additional absences will result in areduction of 5 points per additional absence from their FINAL grade. For example, if a studentfinishes the semester with a cumulative grade of 94%, having missed 4 non-medical absences,their final grade will be 89%. Absences will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, itis the student’s responsibility to communicate with the instructor on a timeline for completingincomplete work in event of absence, whether prolonged or not.
Extended Responsibilities:
Outside class assignments include course activities, readings, textbooks and videos. Theseassignments average at least four hours per week. The course outline schedule indicates specificassignments to be completed and to be handed in on time.
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You are responsible for checking this course’s announcements, contents of this course, andsubmitting your homework assignments to the BlackBoard. Grades are found in BlackBoard.
Course Policies/Expectations:
Students are expected to police themselves over this policy. Abuse of this policy will result indeduction to ALL attendees’ participation grade. Additionally, students are not permitted to weargloves, sunglasses, headphones, and covered hoods during class time as they do not only obscurelanguage development but are plainly offensive. Certain exceptions are made, subject toinstructor’s approval. Abuse of this policy will result in deduction to students’ participationgrade.
Contributions in Class:
Participation and contributions are essential to the class due to the experiential nature of thiscourse. Therefore, students are expected to come prepared and to actively participate in class. Tomaximize interactions with various students for dialogue practices and other activities, eachstudent is encouraged to randomly choose their seat assignment per class session. The instructorhas the final discretion on all seat assignments.
Religious Observance:
The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right topractice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to theirinstructors by the end of second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedulefor the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religiousobservance to make up this work.
Academic Honesty & Professionalism:
All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty PolicyProcedures” delineated in the following website: http://www.uvm/edu
Intellectual Property:
Consistent with the University’s policy on intellectual property rights, it is the American SignLanguage Program’s policy that teaching and curricular materials (including but not limited toclassroom lectures, class notes, exams, handouts, and presentations) are the property of theinstructor. Therefore, electronic recording and/or transmission of classes or class notes areprohibited without the express written permission of the instructor. Such permission is to beconsidered unique to the needs of an individual student (e.g. ADA compliance), and not a licensefor permanent retention or electronic dissemination to others.

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