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Deafness Matters

I was just rooting through Teachers TV for any more programmes around deaf issues. The only ones there, appear to be old, but not programmes we've covered on here before.

Here's Deafness Matters:

The project was developed by Fran Simmons and Erika Stevenson for young people from the Oxfordshire Deaf Children's Society.

You can buy this dvd from here.

Whilst such a portrayal from young people should be encouraged, you can't help but noticing the underlying hearing analysis of deaf people. For a start, will someone please tell that instructor to actually look at deaf people when talking, and it also underlines the need for role models. Who is shaping the self esteem of these young people to demand to be equals instead of fitting into a hearing world?

Its good that Teachers TV is carrying such programmes, and should only be encouraged. They do have other programmes on their website relating to deaf children in education, unfortunately none of these are subtitled. Nothing about us, without us. Note to Teachers TV - please subtitle these videos, I for one would like to watch them. Details of these programmes is available in the extended entry of this post.

See elsewhere:
Oxford Mail - DVD highlights deafness issues

See also:
Welcome 2 My Deaf World, an Australian film

Also on Teachers TV (not subtitled - so we cannot comment on the content):

Hearing Impairment in Mainstream - Rosie's World

This programme focuses on the needs of deaf children in the classroom and explores the many ways in which mainstream schools can achieve full inclusion for the hearing impaired.

Rosie attends Willingdon Primary in Eastbourne, a school that incorporates a Hearing Support Facility and uses various communication methods in order to include Rosie, and other deaf children, in every aspect of school life.

Rosie's class teacher is an NQT who has recently completed a deaf awareness course. He is still learning how to accommodate deaf children in the classroom and works together with Mary, one of the three signing TAs who support hearing impaired children in the school.

This film actively explores the process of full inclusion for the hearing impaired and gives us a clear handle on the teaching methods and support that help children like Rosie to learn.

Hearing Impairment in Mainstream - Emily's World

Emily is profoundly deaf. According to her teacher, without her hearing aids she would, "only just hear a pneumatic drill beside her".

Despite this, Emily is doing well at school and looks set to achieve good grades in her forthcoming exams.

This programme follows Emily through a typical school day, highlighting the support she needs to ensure she can access the curriculum and achieve learning objectives alongside her hearing colleagues.

Special Schools - A Multi-Sensory Approach

At Royal Schools for the Deaf in Manchester, teacher Chloe Bedford works with pupils with severe communication difficulties and multiple learning disorders in her primary class.

A multi-sensory approach is used to encourage communication. Objects of reference and picture exchange are some of the strategies Chloe uses in class and we see how sound and vibration are important in a Gamelan music lesson with percussion instruments.

Meanwhile, in a science class, we see how pupils are exposed to a variety of tactile experiences to encourage a concept of pushing and pulling.

Primary Special Needs - Singing and Signing

It's morning assembly. Over 400 pupils and staff at Carden Primary School are singing and signing the school song. Carden is one of the few schools to use Makaton symbols and signs (from British Sign Language) throughout the school.

With 44 per cent of pupils with SEN, the staff, all Makaton trained, have found the strategy invaluable for inclusion as well as being useful to the ablest pupils.

How do you implement a signing policy in your school? This programme analyses how it works and how it helps. Headteacher Lesley Corbett explains that it was the success of pupils in the school's Speech and Language centre using signing that influenced her decision to introduce it into mainstream.

In reception, pupils begin with key signs such as "stop", "no" and "toilet". "Every member of staff knows the sign for "toilet" with a degree of urgency," says Lesley Corbett.

* Begin with basic, key signs
* Every member of staff in the class should be familiar with these and should use them as often as possible
* Successful signing is very important in aiding inclusion

Worth the Trip - The Bolton Museums

A user's guide to educational visits and school journeys, Worth The Trip features a wide variety of out-of-school activities and offers practical advice on how to organise and get the best out of school trips.

In this programme, Lyn March and her pupils from St James C of E High School in Farnworth are on an art trip to the Bolton Museums, Art Gallery and Aquarium.

Ingrid McGregor and her pupils from Peterborough High School are on a citizenship trip to the National Centre for Deafblindness in Hampton.

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