There are many myths about hearing impairment and deaf children. Let´s look into that!
Deaf Awareness Week
This week, during Deaf Awareness Week the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society) is highlighting findings from their published research. Focusing on the experiences of their members whose children have mild to moderate hearing loss. And teachers, in conjunction with the Ear Foundation. The research also draws out issues and concerns about the support that families receive.
They are keen on six common myths about children with mild and moderate hearing loss, and what is possible with the right support.
Mild and moderate hearing loss can often be overlooked because of a perception that it is not a serious condition or that children are ‘coping’ at home and at school. This report published in May 2015 during Deaf Awareness Week highlights six common myths and what is possible with the right support.
This is a much bigger issue than many people realize and the latest information from the Consortium for Research into Deaf Education (CRIDE) 2013 UK summary report, states that 80% of school-aged deaf children attend mainstream schools.
Myths – A summary
of the six common myths, the NDCS wants to bust about children with mild to moderate hearing loss and what is possible with the right support.
Myth 1: All deaf children use sign language
Myth 2: Deaf children with mild or moderate hearing loss can hear everything with their hearing aids in
Myth 3: Deaf children can’t enjoy music
Myth 4: Deaf children can’t make themselves understood
Myth 5: Deaf children can’t attend a mainstream school
Myth 6: Deaf children won’t be able to get a job when they finish their education
For more about this click here and to read the full report “Research on experiences of children with mild and moderate deafness” click here
Click here for a BBC news article covering the same research.
Image: NDCS – Every Deaf Child