Declaration: Inheritance, Innovation, and Sharing of Expertise in Educatio
of the Deaf
In order to promote the development and subsequent social independence
of hearing impaired children, there is a need for both effective educational
principles and appropriately skilled educational staff. In this context,
the themes of this Congress are particularly relevant.
Inheritance: The methods, skills and knowledge of deaf education professionals
that have been accumulated through the practices of our predecessors must
be passed to new generations of educators across the Asia-Pacific Region.
Innovation: New approaches are continuously required in order to take advantage
of developments in the areas of information technology, hearing technology
(including hearing aids and cochlear implants), and sign language linguistics.
Sharing: It is crucial that educators and related professionals in the
Asia-Pacific Region should gshareh their educational experience and knowledge,
as developed and refined in their own countries, with those in other countries
across the region, with due respect to national and cultural differences.
At the 9th Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness held in Tokyo Japan, October
9th - 12th, 2006, we declare that the following services are crucial to the continuing
advancement of opportunities and outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing
- Early detection of hearing impairment through the provision of universal
newborn hearing screening systems.
- Early educational intervention for deaf and hard of hearing children and
their parents to ensure the childrenfs social, language and cognitive development.
- The provision of opportunities for parents to be fully involved and contributing
partners in the education and development of their deaf or hard of hearing
- The timely provision of unbiased and accessible information to parents
of deaf and hard of hearing children about the various language and communication
systems, cultural and linguistic affiliations, and assistive hearing technologies
to ensure that educational approaches will match the specific needs of
- The provision of effective audiological service systems; including the
appropriate selection, provision and application of cochlear implants and
hearing aids for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults as appropriate.
- The provision of early access to sign language and opportunities to interact
with members of the local deaf community for deaf children and their families
who require such access.
- The provision of effective educational programs for deaf and hard of hearing
children at all grade levels to ensure that they acquire appropriate language
and communication skills and are able to use those skills to access the
regular educational curriculum.
- The provision of specialized educational programs for deaf and hard of
hearing children with additional (multiple) disabilities to ensure their
social, language and cognitive development.
- The provision of alternative educational programs and/or support services
to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students can participate in higher
education environments, including university programs, without barriers.
- The provision of appropriate educational and related support services to
ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people are able to access the widest
possible range of employment and career opportunities.
- The provision of specialized university-level training for teachers who
will work in schools and associated services for deaf children.
- The provision alternative language and communication systems (including
sign language interpreting and services such as captioning of television
broadcasts) to ensure equality of access to information by deaf and hard
of hearing people.
The Asia-Pacific Congress on Deafness (APCD) seeks to provide the framework
for professionals from the Asia-Pacific countries to continue to share
information and expertise in the pursuit of advancement in each of these
crucial service areas. The 9th APCD commends these issues to the governments
of the region as requiring the highest priority in order to ensure the
well-being of all their citizens.
SignedFPlease see the PDF file about the signature.