Hearing Tonight Lecture Focuses on Deaf Education in Other Countries

05/07/99    Portland, Ore.

Hearing Center Lecture Series Continues.

The United States has the famed Gallaudet University for the hearing impaired and the Americans with Disabilities Act to require accommodation at schools, but how do other countries educate their deaf and hard of hearing?

"Global Perspectives on the Education of the Deaf in Selected Countries" will be the subject of the next seminar presented by the Oregon Hearing Research Center and the Veterans Administration National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research on Thursday, May 27, at the downtown Portland Marriott, 1401 S.W. Naito Parkway.

H. William Brelje, Ed.D., professor of special education: deaf and hard of hearing at Lewis and Clark College, will present his findings on deaf education around the world. Brelje has just completed a book on the subject (available from Butte Publications), which deals with educational services, career opportunities, teacher preparation and trends and directions in deaf education.

Brelje is nationally recognized for his work on deaf education and served as president of College Educators: Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He previously wrote History of Washington State School for the Deaf: The First Hundred Years, 1886-1986.

The 5:30 p.m. talk and is free and open to the public and will be accompanied by real-time captioning. Dr. Brelje will be available to sign his book immediately following the talk. Because of limited seating, pre-registration is required; please call 494-8032 before May 14 for reservations.

The Oregon Hearing Research Center at Oregon Health Sciences University is dedicated to the study of the inner ear and development of technologies for the treatment of hearing disorders. The VA National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the Portland VA Hospital is committed to alleviating communicative, social and economic problems resulting from hearing loss.

Note: Dr. Brelje is out of the country until May 19. To arrange an interview after that date, please call University News and Publications.