Madness in the Mainstream
By Mark Drolsbaugh

Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 7 pm – 9 pm

The event will be live streamed with ASL interpreters and captions here: No registration is required. Just click on the link just before the event starts and access the live streaming.

Brown University
Friedman Auditorium
Metcalf Research Building
Room 101
190 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912

FREE & Refreshments will be served

ASL interpreters and captioning will be provided. The Friedman Auditorium is ADA accessible.

Deaf 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 students.

Dig into this book and discover:
· The biggest myths in Deaf education
· What Deaf students aren’t telling their teachers
· The long-term effects of mainstreaming and how to address them
· The impact on students with cochlear implants
· Survival skills of the Deaf
· Social bluffing vs. self-advocacy
· Eye-opening, real-life stories

With his blend of humor and a tell-it-like-it-is approach—and surprisingly candid input from his Deaf son—Drolsbaugh takes you on a wild ride through the hidden reality of mainstream education.

About the Author:
Mark Drolsbaugh graduated from Gallaudet University with a B.A. in Psychology (1992) and an M.A. in School Counseling and Guidance (1994). He currently works as a school counselor at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. An avid writer, Mark has had numerous articles published in national Deaf publications such as DeafNation, Silent News, and SIGNews. He wrote his first book, Deaf Again, in 1997 (four editions have been published, the most recent in 2008). In 2004 Mark published Anything But Silent, an anthology of his work as a newspaper columnist. He then collaborated with a team of other writers to publish On the Fence: The Hidden World of the Hard of Hearing in 2007. His fourth book, Madness in the Mainstream, was completed in 2013. Mark currently lives in North Wales, PA, with his wife Melanie and their three children.

For more information contact:
Pamela Zellner

Sponsored by:
Hamilton Relay
Brown University, Center for Language Studies
Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RICDHH)

  1. Bella Venice says:

    I was hoping to see a link to youtube showing the livestream presentation for those (me) that were not able to see it live (was in class at the time). This is a topic that should be recorded. Thank you.

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