Desing and Development of a Web-Counseling Centre for
the Parent of the Deaf Children.
Abstract: Among the wide range of counselling services
that is nowadays offered, web-counselling is evolving as an alternative
or supplementary medium of distance counselling for parents of deaf children.
The Internet provides the means for effective communication between parents
and professionals as well as between parents themselves. Services may vary
from e-mail and discussion groups, access to information sources and interaction
through video-conferencing. The primary objective of this paper is to describe
the role of web-counselling and the numerous ways through which it can
support, inform and ultimately empower parents of deaf children. In addition,
a proposal is made regarding the development of a web-counselling centre,
the role of the participants who contribute in the centre operation as
well as the level of collaboration among them, and also a number of possible
difficulties are taken into consideration, ensuring that web-counselling
will become an effective medium of distance counselling with forthcoming
benefits for the parents of deaf children.
Keywords: Web-Counseling, Parents of the Deaf
Appeared in: In Proceedings of the International Conference on
Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2000), Karlsruhe, Germany,
Available: Hardcopy on request from the authors.
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