I recently spoke to teachers and family members in New York about meeting the social needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. This is a topic that I am passionate about and one that is a special challenge - especially for students who are mainstreamed.
I'm passionate about this topic because of the statistics of mental health for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Let's take a look at them:
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing:
* Are 1.5 times more likely to feel left out
* Have a 25% higher incidence of loneliness
* Are 1.46 times more likely to experience mental problems
* Are 28% more likely to find overall mental health fair or poor
Why are students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing more likely to experience these feelings of isolation?
Lack of access to people and missing what's going on around you can create feelings of isolation. For many students who are deaf or...