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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community and Culture - Chapter Summary
Use this chapter to learn more about the history and culture of the deaf community and see facts and myths about how hearing loss affects one's learning abilities. You can also review what is needed to work with students with hearing loss and see what accommodations need to be made in the classroom. Topics you will find discussed in this chapter include:
- The development of the deaf community and its current culture
- Challenges faced by those with hearing loss
- How hearing loss affects learning both in and outside of academic settings
- The impact of deafness on various areas of development, such as social, psychological and educational
Short lessons take only minutes to review and 24/7 accessibility allows for a self-paced and convenient learning process. Experienced instructors present this material through simple explanations and examples to make it quick and easy to learn and retain this information. Check your understanding of the topics covered in this chapter by taking lesson-specific self-assessment quizzes.
How It Helps
- Enhances understanding of student needs: Allows teachers to better understand how hearing loss affects learning and helps them develop effective instructional strategies to overcome challenges.
- Presents facts about learning and hearing loss: Helps teachers to dismiss information about the learning capabilities of deaf/hard of hearing students that is not factual.
- Supports student success: Expands teachers' understanding of how to accommodate deaf/hard of hearing students to ensure their performance and achievement in the classroom.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Relate the current culture of the deaf community
- Understand how to help students to overcome challenges created by deafness and hearing loss
- Use strategies to help deaf/hard of hearing students succeed in and outside of the classroom
- Describe the social, psychological, educational and culture impact of hearing loss on human development
1. The Deaf Community: History & Culture
Almost everyone has had a direct experience with a deaf person, either personally or in a public setting. Although deaf people were once shunned by the hearing world, many parts of the world now enjoy a thriving deaf community.
2. Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing requires a unique awareness along with special accommodations. This lesson explores the issues faced by the deaf and hard of hearing student.
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