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Jerome D. Schein

27 May 1923 - 16 April 2010

In 1960, Dr. Jerome Daniel Schein became professor of psychology and director of the Office of Psychological at Gallaudet University. In order to teach the hearing imparied and deaf students, he learned American Sign Language. He also worked with the District of Columbia Psychological Association, and served as its president. In 1976, he was elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

In 1968, he became Dean of Education and Home Economics at the University of Cincinnati. While there, he wrote The Deaf Community: Studies in the Social Psychology of Deafness. In 1970, he became professor of Sensory Rehabilitation at New York University and director of the Deafness Research and Training Center at NYU. He became president of the New York Society for the Deaf. During this time, he wrote many papers and books, including the landmark Deaf Population of the United States, with Marcus Delk. In the 1970's he designed a program to train the first professional ASL interpreters in Puerto Rico. He also initiated the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

When he retired from NYU he returned to Gallaudet University as the P.V. Doctor Chair of Deaf Studies. He wrote his most popular book, At Home Among Strangers.

In 1989 he became the David Peikoff Chair of Deafness Studies at the University of Alberta and the chairman of the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disability. He also did a study of Deaf persons in Canada for Statistics Canada and held an International Conference on Postsecondary Education for the Deaf. He edited a Proceedings of the Conference. In 1990 he received an Alberta Premier's Council citation.

Over the course of his career, he published 25 books and more than 200 papers on sensory disorders. His final book was Hearing Disorders Handbook, coauthored with Maurice H. Miller (2008).

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