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The Rochester Method:

Also known as Visible English.

A method of deaf education that focuses on fingerspelling and speech.

This method gets its name from the fact that it was used for a time as the main method of instruction at the Rochester School for the Deaf (formerly the "Western New York Institute for Deaf Mutes") in Rochester, New York.

The Rochester Method is based on standard English.  Each English word in a sentence is fingerspelled.  This method isn't used much anymore because spelling out each word is a tedious, time consuming process. (Stewart, 1992). 


Stewart Ed. D., David A. (1992). American Sign Language, The Easy Way.  East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University.

For a deeper look at this topic, see: Rochester Method (2)


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