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Head'd -Up Announcement of a Special Session on Classroom Acoustics

David Lubman dlubman at ix.netcom.com
Thu Dec 12 18:30:44 EST 1996

I am organizing a Special Session on Classroom Acoustics for a Joint
meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and the Institute of
Noise Control Engineering (INCE) for their Noise-Con 97 Noise

It takes place on the week beginning June 16 1997 at Pennsylvania State
University (PSU). The possibility of holding a workshop on that subject
is also under discussion.

The deadline for Abstracts is 15 January 1997 at ASA. The deadline for
receipt of manuscripts for (optional) publication in the Noise-Con 97
Proceedings will probably be May 2 1997.

Subjects of interest include noise and reverberation in classrooms and
their effects upon learning for normal listeners, hearing impaired
listeners, non-native listeners, and "disabled" listeners.

The term "disabled" is used in the sense of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) to include hearing and learning disabilities.

The ASA's technical Committees on Architectural Acoustics (TCAA) and
Noise (TCN) co-sponsor this Session, which follows through on a Session
on Acoustical Accessibility for People with hearing and Visual
Disabilities held at the ASA's Washington, DC Meeting in early June of

A goal of the organizers is to bring together key players in classroom
acoustics to include audiologists, acousticians, school administrators
and architects for the purpose of coming to a consensus on what issues
we agree on and what issues we disagree on or for which there is
insufficient data.

The consensus position may serve as a basis for classroom acoustical
criteria that can be used for guidelines or Federal rulemaking .  The
key issues in dispute can be offered as subjects for research.
David Lubman, Session Organizer
Voice/fax 714/373-3050
14301 Middletown Lane
 Westminster, California 92683

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