Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Melissa Garber


Back in the 1800's, sign language was banned from schools because of the prevailing view that sign language inhibited children who are deaf from interacting with the hearing society. Today, due to the growth of technology, children who are deaf can communicate using sign language and spoken language. These children can attend mainstream schools or schools for the Deaf. This paper will focus on the history of schools for the Deaf and my observations as a student observer at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB). VSDB is a residential school providing students who are deaf and blind throughout Virginia with academic knowledge, as well as independent living and career skills. Through self-reflection and the analysis of interview responses from professionals who work with children who are deaf, this paper will share insights into how to support children with hearing loss and the importance of American Sign Language for those who are deaf.

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