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Program working to explain coastal science to deaf students

November 25, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A program in Rhode Island has been recognized for its work to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing understand coastal science concepts.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a team that was recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for advancing access to coastal resources for people with disabilities.

Research reserve staff collaborated with other researchers and teachers to develop educational videos in American Sign Language for estuarine and coastal terminology. The department says there are no broadly-shared signs for concepts such as estuary and watershed.

Participating teachers and interpreters work in schools in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine. They’ll introduce students to estuary and watershed concepts before taking field trips to research reserves.

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