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Madness in the Mainstream

Deaf and hard of hearing students are often placed in mainstreamed educational settings in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Many of these students succeed in what’s considered the Least Restrictive Environment of the mainstream. Or do they? Madness in the Mainstream is a rare account of what goes on behind the scenes. Deaf author Mark Drolsbaugh pulls no punches as he reveals the consequences of life in the mainstream for deaf and hard of hearing students. With his blend of humor and a tell-it-like-it-is approach—and surprisingly candid input from his mainstreamed deaf son—Drolsbaugh takes you on a wild ride through the hidden reality of mainstream education.

Mark Drolsbaugh grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just four blocks away from Pennsylvania School for the Deaf's old Mt. Airy campus. He attended hearing schools while his slowly progressing hearing loss took him from hard of hearing to deaf. Often, he would hop on his bike and go watch PSD football games, wondering what it would be like to be a member of the deaf community. In 1989 he had his answer when he enrolled at Gallaudet University, the world's only university for deaf and hard of hearing students. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in School Counseling and Guidance, after which he returned to his roots at PSD as a school counselor.

When: Monday, September 23, 2013, 7:00pm
Where: Science Center 101

ASL Interpreters provided

Open to the Public

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