$5 Million UT Program Helps Deaf Students (170)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Students with hearing deficiencies will receive special services under a $5 million federal contract with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

 William E. Woodrick, director of the Postsecondary Education Consortium in UT’s College of Education, said the program targets schools in 14 southern states and the Virgin Islands.

 The PEC will help schools find the best interpreters for their students’ needs, place visual alarms to warn deaf students of emergencies and train staff to work with those students, Woodrick said.

 Workshops, conferences and training sessions will be conducted by staff and faculty from UT and other PEC schools, Woodrick said.

The group plans to publish and distribute information and create models that help schools deliver effective, cost-efficient services to students with hearing loss, he said.

“These are special students who need special services that some schools cannot provide,” Woodrick said.

 The PEC at UT-Knoxville started in 1983. It consists of 10 vocational and technical schools, community colleges, colleges and universities serving more than 400 students who are deaf or hearing impaired.

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 Contact: William Woodrick (423-974-8427)