Gina A. Olivia


The Solitary Mainstream project involved 60 deaf and hard of hearing adults ranging in age from 25 to 65, looking back on their K-12 years in the mainstream apart from other D/HH children. A majority of the informants spent their entire school career as "the only one," and the remainder spent at least seven years as such. Essays written in response to an initial global prompt and four specific prompts about these school years were collected and analyzed. A qualitative analysis yielded several common themes which are reported. The Solitary Mainstream Project reflects the collective retrospect of 60 adults eager to share their story with the world and illuminates issues shared by many D/HH children who are currently mainstreamed as solitaries.