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<p>Deaf programs offered by state and federal governmental agencies aim to assist the deaf and hearing impaired persons to lead independent, productive lives, exercise self-determination, and demand inclusion in all aspects of society, including communication services, education programs from pre-school to university, public services, as well as community activities and events. Any government deaf program, whether it is for local, state, or federal levels of deaf inclusion, has to take into account health and safety issues, equal opportunity for employment, access to resources and services on a local and state level, raise awareness of communication needs of deaf and hearing people to public, and represent the interests of the deaf community on a local, state, and national level.</p> <p><strong>Programs for the Deaf</strong><br/> A responsive deaf program for education, legal, and medical issues in community and school services has to be accredited with fixed policy, curriculum, instruction, administration, staffing and fiscal affairs. Professional development, educational policy, legislative initiatives, and annual certification are important factors to consider for a deaf program at a school and college. Usually a deaf program will cater to the needs of people who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and deafened. In the case of a deaf-blind program, the services offered range from computer training, orientation and mobility (travel) skills training, to continuing education through specialized Deaf-Blind Community Classes. Assistance of deaf-blind people in independent living skills is also extremely important as it provides help for home management, adaptive equipment and banking, in addition to sign language interpreting services, telecommunications, and technical assistance. A deaf program can also serve for academic upgrading for deaf adults, with instruction in math, reading, writing, basic computer and employability skills. A basic deaf program aims for productive outcomes, such as learner-centered approach, bi-literacy environment, academic upgrading, communication skills, numeracy, employability skills, personal development, problem solving and independent living services. It should also offer ASL refresher lessons, deaf culture inclusion programs, job readiness and placement opportunities, in addition to advocacy training, which includes a variety of elements important to the deaf community. Advocacy relates to parenting programs, youth leadership, and community reach out support services. Interpreter referrals and workshops also provide a way to connect the deaf community to the hearing world.</p> <p>Deaf programs take into account the particular requirements and rights of members of the deaf community, who need access to communication, education, medical and legal services as invaluable members of society seeking equal opportunity in life.</p>
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