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Sept is Deaf Awareness Month

Never before have we been this aware of the importance for students to be exposed to multiple cultures. With the majority of students who are hard of hearing, deaf, and Deaf being educated in their neighborhood schools, the celebration of Deaf Awareness Month in September allows an opportunity for our student’s to be recognized in a positive way in their classrooms.

This article provides some resources to share with your students, their teachers, and peers.

 

VIDEOS

 

DISCUSSION STARTERS

Hearing Like Me has written an article, “Deaf Awareness Month: 10 Things to Know About Being Deaf,” that provides information on things to know about individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, and also how to spread awareness regarding individuals who are D/HH. (Guth, 2020). The 10 things are listed below. Go to the website link for further explanation of each point, and more information.

10 Things to Know about Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

  1. If someone doesn’t respond to you, they most likely can’t hear you
  2. Every deaf person has their own preferred methods of communication and language
  3. Some deaf individuals may not identify as “Deaf”
    Read more: Celebrating the diversity of deafness
  4. Social situations and various environments may be different for deaf individuals
  5. No two deaf people are alike
  6. Deaf does NOT mean “dumb”
  7. Deaf people don’t often consider deafness as a disability
  8. Using hearing assistive technology is a personal choice
  9. Deafness is often invisible
  10. You don’t need to feel sorry for our deafness

 

DEAF CULTURE & HISTORY LESSONS ON TAP

The Navigating Life with Hearing Loss Curriculum from the Texas Sensory Support Network at Education Service Center Region 11, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency, has 13 units including Deaf Culture and History (page 188-199). The lessons have links to external videos and materials, differentiated learning targets, targeted vocabulary, and different teaching strategies.

Lesson 12.1 Past to Present
Lesson 12.2 Important People in the Deaf Community
Lesson 12.3 Support in the Deaf Community

DeafTEC has created a four-unit STEM awareness curriculum for secondary teachers to guide students who are D/HH towards pursuing a career in STEM. In Unit 1, Lesson 3, titled Deaf People in STEM, YES!, students learn together about adults in STEM careers who are D/HH and then research one on their own.

 

ROLE MODELS

 

REACH OUT

Reach out to your local community and invite a variety of adults who are deaf or hard of hearing to present to your class in person. You can also invite them via video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, or even FaceTime.

 

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Author: Karen L. Anderson, PhD
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