Education is something that everyone should have access to, regardless of hearing (or any disability!). If we want deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students to be successful, one strategy is to use Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which provides strategies that make learning accessible to ALL students, including students who are deaf or hard of hearing. These are great strategies to utilize not only because it is all inclusive and guards against students feeling singled out, but also can be a great way to facilitate buy-in from teachers, so that they recognize that by supporting their DHH student in this way, they are actually supporting all the students in their classroom. Because, after all, accessibility goes beyond the visual and auditory access and includes changes in the classroom instruction and the space itself.
So, how do we make our classrooms more accessible? How can we incorporate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into our classroom...
As promised, we’re back with a second post about preparing your deaf or hard of hearing child/student for the mainstream classroom! If you need a little refresher of what we talked about last time, we went into detail about how to identify if the general education classroom is inclusive and accessible for your child/student. Check back on the previous post to read those details of what to consider and how to get started. In this blog post, we will talk about how to start implementing tools to ensure that your DHH child/student is prepped for success.
Now that you have determined that the general education classroom is appropriate, how do we get a general education classroom ready for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing? The first step is to determine potential barriers. Then, design teacher training procedures around strategies to reduce challenges (we’ll get to that later…..).
Right now we are just going to talk about some factors...
Are you excited for summer? Us too! The FRIEND Academy recently hosted a training for family members sharing tips on how to help your family make the most of it with your deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) child. This is such an important topic because what may be fun for other children can be stressful for your child. In case you missed the training, we will outline the highlights on what to expect and how to prepare for any challenges that may arise.
As you are getting ready for summer, you may have some of the following top summer activities planned. Water sports, biking, campfires/camping, nature activities, picnics, community celebrations (hello, 4th of July!), amusement parks and family vacation/travel, anyone?
These things are all insanely fun for most people. However, they can be incredibly stressful for children with hearing loss.