Deafness and Hard of Hearing
The Deafness and Hard of Hearing unit includes a series of activities where students learn and get hands-on experience with American Sign Language (ASL), lipreading, fingerspelling, and assistive technology. Students learn about sound, frequency, communication and the anatomy of the ear.
- Hearing loss is only one of the many traits that contribute to making a person the individual that he or she is.
- Individuals can experience varying degrees of hearing loss.
- Technology is playing an increasingly important role in enabling people with hearing loss to communicate and perform everyday tasks more easily and independently.
- People have a variety of communication choices. Interpreters are often used as a link between those who are Deaf and the hearing world.
- Without communication, a person can feel isolated.
Program implementation is flexible and can be adapted for your classroom, but a typical 2-hour session includes:
|Informational PowerPoint presentation||Students learn about sound, frequency and the anatomy of the ear.|
|Communication activity||Students define communication, discover different ways to communicate, and learn that there are a variety of communication choices.|
|Three small group activities||Hands-on activities acquaint students with lipreading, fingerspelling, and assistive technology.|
|Guest Speaker||Students meet a guest speaker who is Deaf or hard of hearing. Many speakers use an interpreter or hearing aids and lipreading to communicate.|