Creating Accessible Classrooms
These tips and resources can help you create a Deaf and hard-of-hearing accessible classroom
Are you a teacher or educator who has students who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or whose primary language is not English?
Captions provide vital access to multimedia content including TV, online videos and DVDs. Media Access Australia’s Cap That! Initiative provides helpful advice and downloadable resources.
Most classrooms are now equipped with interactive whiteboards and soundfield amplification systems.
If you are a teacher, ensure students are in a position where your face is clearly visible and the sound of your voice is clear. It is ideal if other students’ faces are also clearly visible to the students who are deaf or hard of hearing, especially in group settings.
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Deaf and hard-of-hearing students can find it difficult to concentrate with background noise and can find it distracting. Even though students may use assistive listening devices or technology, they do not hear the same way their hearing peers do.
This webinar was hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability in May 2016. The video is presented by Gary Kerridge and discusses the use of assistive technology for delivery of Auslan and captioning for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The presentation includes strategies for delivering remote interpreting and captioning in various education settings using assistive technology, mobile devices and the internet. The video also includes information on the benefits of a number of listening devices in classroom situations.