Parents' Perspectives on Transition and Postsecondary Outcomes for Their Deaf Children


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Parental involvement and parental expectations are important factors in successful academic and career outcomes for deaf students. This article describes the results of a national needs assessment survey conducted by pepnet2 in the spring of 2012. Study participants were parents of deaf students who were asked to provide their perceptions of the transition planning process. Participants were also asked to report on their expectations of postsecondary education and employment for their children who are deaf. The analysis resulted in several findings related to levels of satisfaction with transition planning and parental expectations of transition outcomes for their deaf children. Parents of deaf students and parents who identified as deaf themselves were more satisfied with the transition planning process than other parents. Parents were optimistic about their children's future, with most parents expecting that their child would complete a bachelor's degree or higher. This article has implications for transition planning practices and provides direction for research on issues related to transition. Specifically, future research efforts should focus on the relationship between parents' experience with transition and their expectations for future success for their deaf children.