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Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v12 p24-27 2011

In this issue of "Odyssey," Joanne Corwin describes New Mexico's statewide partnership among several agencies for the provision of early intervention services to infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families (Effective Partnering of State Agencies to Achieve Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Benchmarks, p. 20). This article discusses one of these services, the Deaf Role Model Program, which is operated as a statewide Early Intervention Program through the New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD). With greater understanding in the field of deaf education of the critical nature of early and accessible language and communication, Deaf Role Model Programs have played a significant role in early intervention services for families across the nation. A recent national survey conducted in the spring of 2010 indicates that at least 18 states, through their state schools for the deaf, are utilizing deaf role models. In some states, programs are expanding in response to families' requests for more frequent visits from a deaf role model and for services beyond the Early Intervention time frame. Establishing and expanding a Deaf Role Model Program involves careful planning, collaborative partnerships, and visionary leadership.

Descriptors: State Schools, Special Schools, Role Models, Early Intervention, Hearing Impairments, Deafness, State Agencies, Statewide Planning, Infants, Children, National Surveys, Services, State Programs, Program Development, Agency Cooperation, Benchmarking, Leadership

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail: odyssey[at]; Web site:

Autor: Abrams, Stacy; Gallegos, Rosemary


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