New York, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2007
Lifelinks Tutors Foundation (http://www.lifelinks.net/vrs_tutors.html), a non-profit corporation, is offering to provide free on-line video tutoring services to assist deaf children with their homework. This is the first time that any company has offered to provide free tutoring services on a "one-on-one" basis through a direct connection between the deaf student and the tutor. No interpreter is involved. Most of the tutors are deaf and teach in schools for the deaf during the daytime. Most also have advanced degrees in education and certification form universities for the deaf such as the Rochester Institute for the Deaf and from Gallaudet University. This service is available evenings but will be expanded to weekends as demand dictates.
Education for the deaf as well as for deaf tutors has suffered inordinately from inadequate funding from the states as well as from the federal government. As a result, it has been estimated that only 10% of what a hearing teacher says in the classroom is even transmitted to the deaf student. Thus, if a deaf student were to absorb and recall everything the sign language interpreter signed, he/she would only "see" 10% of what hearing children hear. In an attempt to address this educational travesty, Lifelinks Tutors Foundation, based in New York City, a non for profit entity pending Section 501(c)(3) certification is offering free online home video tutoring services in a private unpressured, unhurried setting from tutors who are experienced, motivated and in many instances, have volunteered their valuable time. The tutors are accessible via the Foundation's website:http://www.lifelinks.net/vrs_tutors.html. Most of the tutors are deaf and teach in schools for the deaf during the daytime. Most also have advanced degrees in education and certification from universities for the deaf such as The Rochester Institute for the Deaf and from Gallaudet University.
The deaf student sees a photo of the available tutors arranged by subject: history, English, math, science, social studies, etc. The student merely clicks on the available tutor and is connected within 10 seconds. Sessions are limited to twenty minutes to allow access by more students, although the student can call back. Tutors have volunteered their services from all across the country. Tutors are screened for signing skills, teaching experience, sensitivity, etc. with appropriate references and background checks. The tutoring service is initially available evenings for homework assistance, but will be expanded as additional demand and funding dictates.
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