Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Brenda Schick

Second Advisor

Laura Kepler

Third Advisor

Arlene Stredler-Brown

Abstract

The Gaza Strip is one of the most poor and highly populated areas in the world. It also has one of the highest numbers of disabilities, including deaf and hard of hearing. The services that are provided to the DHH population in Gaza are restricted to identifying the hearing loss and the fitting of hearing aids. Young children who are identified as DHH will not receive any other services until they are 4 years old, at this age they will be enrolled in the kindergarten and school programs. As a result, the idea of establishing and early intervention program in the Gaza Strip will be very helpful to the DHH and their families, especially with the developments of the early identification techniques that are taking place in Gaza nowadays. The early intervention program that will be serving the DHH children and their families will be a leading program that will be modeled by all the DHH habilitation/rehabilitation organizations in Gaza. It will be the model that fits Gaza following some of the infrastructure details of the early intervention programs in 7 states in the United States of America. Mainly the Gaza program will follow the lead of the Colorado Home Intervention Program. Some changes are made on the program to fit the needs of the DHH in the Gaza Strip, those changes are very important to increase the effectiveness and functionality of the Gaza Program.

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