"Another issue that causes problems for individuals who are deaf and need the mental health system is the education they have received from childhood. The education of children who are deaf is seriously lacking. Although people who are deaf perform normally on I.Q. tests, the average reading levelofhigh school graduates who are deaf is below the fourth grade. Again, communication is an issue: Teachers working with students who are deaf often lack the sign language proficiency and specialized training required to communicate adequately. Strategies that could solve this problem are being considered. Public mental health systems, clinicians, and other public mental health professionals, however, need to be aware of the significant English-language deficits and concomitant generalinformation gaps among many mental health consumers who became deaf before learning a language (prelingual deafness)."
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