Introduction to the Deaf -Blind Community and Culture
Section: ASL 195 - Z2 LAFAYETTE HALL L210
Kevin L. Richmond Appointment only
Credit Hours: 3 Prerequisite: People who want to gain their knowledge about Deaf-Blind Community and Culture should take this course. The course applies to people who are teachers, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and anyone who wants to learn and work with Deaf-Blind people. Course Description: This course is an introduction to various perspectives of the Deaf-Blind community. The focus will be on the variety of communication modes and cultural norms that are discovered within the Deaf-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 deafblindness. (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 and symptoms of deaf-blindness Identify common etiologies that affect vision and hearing. Understand for factors and concomitant results of various syndromes. Be able to identify and use the different types of communication involved with deaf/blindness (i.e. tactile/close vision). Be able to identify and practice of etiquette in
January 30, 2013
Classroom presentation, activity, quiz, and discussion.
Classroom presentation, activity, quiz, and discussion. Classroom presentation, activity, quiz, and
Deaf-Blind Culture. Identify the similarities and different between Deaf and Deaf-Blind Cultures. Topics:
Physiological 1. Common Etiologies related to deaf-blindness 2. Various of types of hearing and vision losses. Cultural/Psychosocial 1. Differences between Deaf and Deaf Blind Culture Communication Strategies 1. 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 every class
Attendance Expectations: Attendance is MANDATORY. Since most of the learning in this course takes place through the course exercises, attendance is a must. There is no way to reliably makeup for the lost experience. Students are expected to arrive to class on time. Arriving more than 15 minutes late to class or leaving early from class will be considered as an unexcused class absence. No late arrivals are allowed on test day. If a student is not able to attend class, will be late to class or need to leave early from class for any reason, notify your instructor in advance by e-mail or phone. Late notifications of being absent or being late to class are not acceptable. It is your responsibility 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 a reduction of 5 points per additional absence from their FINAL grade. For example, if a student finishes 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, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the instructor on a timeline for completing incomplete work in event of absence, whether prolonged or not.
Extended Responsibilities: Outside class assignments include course activities, readings, textbooks and videos. These assignments average at least four hours per week. The course outline schedule indicates specific assignments to be completed and to be handed in on time.
January 30, 2013
You are responsible for checking this course’s announcements, contents of this course, and submitting 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 in deduction to ALL attendees’ participation grade. Additionally, students are not permitted to wear gloves, sunglasses, headphones, and covered hoods during class time as they do not only obscure language development but are plainly offensive. Certain exceptions are made, subject to instructor’s approval. Abuse of this policy will result in deduction to students’ participation grade. Contributions in Class: Participation and contributions are essential to the class due to the experiential nature of this course. Therefore, students are expected to come prepared and to actively participate in class. To maximize interactions with various students for dialogue practices and other activities, each student is encouraged to randomly choose their seat assignment per class session. The instructor has the final discretion on all seat assignments.
Religious Observance: The official policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. Academic Honesty & Professionalism: All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty Policy Procedures” 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 Sign Language Program’s policy that teaching and curricular materials (including but not limited to classroom lectures, class notes, exams, handouts, and presentations) are the property of the instructor. Therefore, electronic recording and/or transmission of classes or class notes are prohibited without the express written permission of the instructor. Such permission is to be considered unique to the needs of an individual student (e.g. ADA compliance), and not a license for permanent retention or electronic dissemination to others. Accommodations:
January 30, 2013
Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the services they provide. Contact info: ACCESS: A-170 Living/Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email: email@example.com, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment.
Student Evaluation – Course Grade: Read the learning outcomes, you will be evaluated on them.
Essay 1 -10% Essay 2- Lunch experience 20% Quizzes 30% Demonstrating SSP, 15% Presentation 10% Research Paper -15%
Percentage: Letter grade 97 and above 93 – 96% 90 – 92% 87 – 89% 83 – 86% 80 – 82% 77 – 79% GPA A+ 4.00 A 4.00 A- 3.67 B+ 3.33 B 3.00 B- 2.67 C+ 2.33 73 – 76% 70 – 72% 67 – 69% 63 – 66% 60 – 62% Below 60% C 2.00 C- 1.67 D+ 1.33 D 1.00 D- 0.67 F 0.00
Pass/Fail Policy: Students may take this course for a pass/fail grade. However, they are expected to complete all assignments and all examinations.
Syllabus: Instructor Richmond works with Instructor Jennifer Briggs, MA. CDI, CLIP-R for this course. Instructor Briggs' email address is Jennifer.Briggs@rit.edu. If you would like access to more resources, have any questions or are interested to have
January 30, 2013 4
workshop, please email both Instructor Richmond and Instructor Briggs. We will be glad to answer any questions and provide the workshops. If you like to get more resources, questions, and interesting to have workshop. Please email both Instructor Richmond and Instructor Briggs. We will be glad to answer and provide the worksho
January 30, 2013