Framing an Approach
Through the research that has guided this project several guiding principles have been written to give the project direction and stability. Each guiding principle was created in response to research and ethical standpoints on educating individuals who are deaf. Click on each article title to read the full article.
- Post-secondary education increases the likelihood of a full and successful life, including career attainment - "Effect of Postsecondary Education on the Status of Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing"
- The skills needed to be successful in a post-secondary environment can be taught - Interview
- Students who are deaf or hard of hearing should be held to the same post-secondary expectations and standards as their peers. - "On Ethics and Deafness: Research, Pedagogy and Politics"
- School systems that fail to provide equal resources and opportunities for post-secondary education in sign language are discriminating against students who are deaf and hard of hearing - "On Ethics and Deafness: Research, Pedagogy and Politics"
All students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Tennessee will have the opportunity to access multiple post-secondary options including technical, associate and bachelor degree programs, as well as on the job training,to better their quality of life.
A partnership between STARS, Oasis College Connection, Bridges, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Cummins Filtration will provide career and college readiness information to high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing throughout Tennessee.
Career and college readiness information will be provided through several mechanisms including an overnight retreat, peer and adult resources, and social networking sites for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.