Tag: Inclusion

Embracing Aural Diversity in Education through Universal Design for Learning

Classrooms the world over are filled with children that have a range of hearing conditions: from tinnitus and hearing loss to glue ear and noise sensitivity (hyperacusis). Meanwhile, schools claim to be “inclusive” without accommodating this aural diversity in any way. How can they achieve real inclusivity and accessibility by applying some of the core […]

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Universal Design: Embracing Difference

In the 1970s, architects began to acknowledge that the people which inhabited the buildings they designed might depart slightly from da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (pictured below). This movement, christened Universal Design [1], brought with it specialized ramps, doorknobs and other design features which anticipated that people from the broad spectrum of humanity should be able […]

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Improved Acoustics = greater sense of inclusion + attainment

“We have seen that applying acoustic conditions that support SEN learning actually benefits everyone.”  – Adrian James, AJA Acoustics and former BB93 author An optimal sound environment is a basic necessity if all students are to learn effectively. The modern classroom puts greater emphasis on group communication and collaboration which often increases the overall noise […]

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Inclusive acoustic learning environment appreciated by the whole class!

Following a great response a few years ago after doing lectures about acoustics in learning environments at Comfort Audio’s four Academies in Denmark, Mai-Britt Beldam and Comfort Audio decided to do a project together – to find out what would happen if optimum room acoustics is combined with great hearing products for kids with hearing […]

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Room acoustics and inclusion in schools – at DAGA 2014

Acoustics and inclusion: Knowledge from a British study on school acoustics and inclusion was what Holger Brokmann (Concept Developer – Education, with Ecophon in Germany) presented at DAGA 2014 in Oldenburg, Germany. The issue of “equal educational opportunities for all” is linked to the concept of inclusion, underpinned by legal requirements such as the Basic […]

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