Impact of a Unique Cooperative American University Usaid Funded Speech-Language Pathologist, Audiologist, and Deaf Educator B.s. Degree Program in the Gaza Strip

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This study describes a degree training program conducted by Lamar University and Marquette University in the Gaza Strip 1992-1996, and its impacts on participants and others. Faculty from both universities traveled to the Gaza Strip, lived there, and taught courses in classrooms constructed for the purpose. A ten-million dollar grant from USAID resulted in the creation of state-of-the-art facilities for providing clinical services to speech and hearing handicapped children and the training of 33 Palestinian men and women. It provides a model that could be used to develop programs for training other kinds of professionals in developing countries. It will also interest scholars studying the impact of projects funded by USAID.

“The practical information that Drs. Silverman and Moulton share here with readers should provide very useful information that can help to guide others interested in undertaking this type of project in a Third World environment.” – Robert A. Wild, S. J., President, Marquette University

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Preface; Foreword
1. The Need
2. The Plan
3. The Students
4. Implementation
5. Impacts on Students
6. Impacts on Communicatively Handicapped Persons and Their Families
7. Impacts on Participating Faculty and Institutions
8. Implications for Training Rehabilitation and Special Education Professionals in Developing Countries
9. Do’s and Don’ts for Planning Similar Projects
10. Research Implications: Questions Answered and Awaiting Answers
Appendices: Project Participants; Curriculum; Notes on Teaching in Gaza; Welcome to Gaza Packet; “Letter of Agreement” between SCH and Faculty; Citation for Dr. Hatem Abu-Ghazaleh’s Honorary Degree; Participants’ Anecdotes
Bibliography; Index

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