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Access for Students who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf

This website contains tips specific to accommodate hard of hearing students. These strategies can be applied by either students or teacher to improve the learning environment for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Class Act: a project of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT)

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Posted by: swampfox601 on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.

A very nice website pertaining to issues students with hearing impairments experiences. A number of different topics are covered, and suggestions are provided on how to deal with issues and situations one encounters.

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Posted by: sonjabackus on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.

This website gives a few suggestions on how to help those who may have hearing impairments in addition to helping interpreters. I feel that there could be more suggestions added.

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Posted by: kimberly on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.

This website is useful to look up strategies to use in the classroom when there are students with hearing impairments. There were potential problems and challenges along with solutions. However, I thought the website could be better organized. The titles are vague, and it would be nice to click on specific challenges to find solutions.

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Posted by: cburckardt on Wed Dec 03, 2014 at 8:15 a.m.

For someone who isn't familiar with strategies to use with the deaf population, this is a great resource for teachers, instructors, and more!

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability