Shakes head angrily. I am just so utterly convinced that the gross majority of pro mainstreamers and pro oral only "experts" just have their heads up their asses regarding the impact of mainstreaming. They're right up there with the " OMG INCLUSION is the ANSWER to curing what is wrong with sped, people. Again, I really think that Ann Geers, Carol Flexor and the "experts" on HOH kids are just SO clueless about what life is like at an average hearing school for hoh kids. Yes, some kids do well and even thrive. That's awesome. There's nothing wrong with that. But, it does seem like most of those kids are the same ones who would have done well thirty years ago when mainstreaming was still new. We need to fight for a continum of placement. The biggest mistake that bureocrats made, was that they think/thought that The Neighborhood Public School was the best (ie least restrictive) placement.
I wish someone would come out with research about the negative psycholsocial impact of mainstreaming.