142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Cochlear Implant University: Supporting high school and college students with cochlear implants transition to higher education

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 5:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Nicole I. Wanty, MAA , KDH Research & Communication, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Kristen D. Holtz, PhD , KDH Research & Communication, Inc., Atlanta, GA
This paper presents evaluation findings of the Cochlear Implant University (CIU), an interactive, self-advocacy skills-building website to support high school and college students with cochlear implants (SWCI) and their parents as these students transition to higher education (HE). Students with cochlear implants in HE may experience academic and social challenges compared to their hearing peers, which in turn relate to high dropout rates and poor academic and social outcomes. Self-advocacy skills may mediate some of these poor outcomes by increasing students’ abilities to effectively communicate their needs.

We evaluated CIU, a website with sections for SWCI in high school (HS SWCI) and higher education (HE SWCI), using the following research question: To what extent does CIU positively change SWCI’s knowledge on HE transition topics, positive attitudes toward self-advocating in HE environments, self-efficacy to advocate, and intentions to advocate?

We collected primary quantitative data from 60 HS SWCI and 60 HE SWCI. We used a pretest/post-test quasi-experimental design to explore the statistical relationship between exposure to CIU and dependent variables of the website’s efficacy. Findings suggest CIU increases SWCI’s knowledge and self-efficacy, but we saw little change on attitudinal measures, which were high at baseline. The findings indicate that CIU increases SWCI’s knowledge and self-efficacy skills on topics related to the successful transition to higher education.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the academic and social challenges students with cochlear implants in higher education experience Identify the knowledge and skills students with cochlear implants need to overcome academic and social barriers to a success in higher education transition Discuss the benefits of increasing students with cochlear implants abilities to effectively communicate their needs

Keyword(s): Children With Special Needs, Special Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have contributed to the development and executed the evaluation of multiple public health programs for youth. In addition, I coordinated and conducted site visits for the evaluation of The Cochlear Implant School Toolkit for pre-K to 2nd grade students. Lastly, I am currently in charge of the program development and evaluation of the Cochlear Implant University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.