Accommodating Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Schools

Ways to make the school environment accessible include:

  • incorporating auditory and visual supports throughout the school.
  • learning how to effectively work with a sign language interpreter.
  • offering sign language courses for all students.
  • including deaf and hard of hearing adults in schoolwide programs.
  • encouraging participation in extracurricular activities for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Tips for the Classroom
  • Maintain the same high expectations for deaf and hard of hearing students as you have for their hearing peers.
  • Take time to learn about each student’s family and background.
  • Learn what works in communicating effectively with each student (e.g., being close to the student, speaking clearly, showing your face to the student when speaking, lighting, amplification).
  • Create visual supports such as graphics, charts, hands-on demonstrations, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Allow time to view pictures and/or read information.
  • Repeat and paraphrase information to ensure clarity.
  • Identify who is speaking during class discussions.
  • Create accessible materials as appropriate for students’ skill levels as indicated on their Individualized Education Programs.

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