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Executive Summary

pn2 conducted a comprehensive Needs Assessment as part of the first year 2012-2016 funding cycle. Over 1,500 individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH), parents, and professionals participated in surveys, interviews, and focus groups throughout spring and summer 2012. The full details of the Needs Assessment methods, participants, and results are provided in this report. In particular, the end of each main chapter includes a summary of implications, opportunities, and limitations of the results from the Needs Assessment. Key findings from this Needs Assessment include:

  • Experience Matters: For professionals who serve individuals who are DHH, experience is a significant predictor of successful outcomes. Building opportunities for intensive experiences, particularly for professionals whose contact with DHH is not a regular part of their job, could be an impact point for pn2 professional development.
  • Mental Health: Mental health conditions are a high prevalence co-occurring disability that receives little attention in assessment and practice with individuals who are DHH. Many institutions and agencies may benefit from specific training in this area.
  • Self-Advocacy: Participants across the Needs Assessment discussed the critical importance of self-advocacy in successful postsecondary transition and outcomes.
  • Identity, Language, and Communication: Choices about DHH identity, language, and communication modalities is an important topic for youth in transition, particularly in terms of choices about postsecondary training environments.
  • Orientation Programs: Institutions can make their campuses or sites more accessible by developing orientation programs or opportunities for DHH youth to connect with each other as they are beginning their postsecondary experience.
  • Workplace Accommodations: Students benefit when postsecondary programs and settings discuss workplace accommodations before they go on the job market. Specific strategies for disclosure and examples on accommodations for a range of workplace environments could be a focus of both technical assistance and professional development.
  • Outcomes Data: There is inadequate information about how individuals who are DHH do when they leave postsecondary training. Building capacity in this area for states, regions, or institutions could be a focus of pn2.
  • Database: The pn2 database has a strong representation of Caucasian female professionals, ages 40-60. pn2 would benefit from outreach to broaden the demographics of its members, including parents, youth, and individuals from diverse linguistic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

Needs Assessment Chapter 9 - Moving Forward

Needs Assessment Chapter 9 - Moving Forward

Needs Assessment Chapter 9 - Moving Forward

Needs Assessment Chapter 8 - Accommodations

Needs Assessment Chapter 8 - Accommodations

Needs Assessment Chapter 8 - Accommodations

Needs Assessment Chapter 7 - Institutions and Agencies

Needs Assessment Chapter 7 - Institutions and Agencies

Needs Assessment Chapter 7 - Institutions and Agencies

Needs Assessment Chapter 6 - Professionals

Needs Assessment Chapter 6 - Professionals

Needs Assessment Chapter 6 - Professionals

Needs Assessment Chapter 5 - Families

Needs Assessment Chapter 5 - Families

Needs Assessment Chapter 5 - Families

Needs Assessment Chapter 4 - Individuals

Needs Assessment Chapter 4 - Individuals

Needs Assessment Chapter 4 - Individuals

Needs Assessment Chapter 3 - Participants

Needs Assessment Chapter 3 - Participants

Needs Assessment Chapter 3 - Participants

Needs Assessment Results

Executive Summary

pn2 conducted a comprehensive Needs Assessment as part of the first year 2012-2016 funding cycle. Over 1,500 individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH), parents, and professionals participated in surveys, interviews, and focus groups throughout spring and summer 2012. The full details of the Needs Assessment methods, participants, and results are provided in this report. In particular, the end of each main chapter includes a summary of implications, opportunities, and limitations of the results from the Needs Assessment. 

Needs Assessment Results