Read: As a deaf student, I’m used to being excluded. Universities must do better (via the Guardian)

Posted on July 14, 2017


The Guardian has published an article by a deaf student about their experiences at university, which is really revealing about the barriers and attitudes deaf students face.

Extract:

The lecture had been going like any other, until I noticed that suddenly it was silent and everyone was staring at me.

“Why didn’t you answer my question?” asked the lecturer, with a smile to say he’d caught me out napping. I hadn’t even realised he’d asked a question. I awkwardly began to explain that I wasn’t being lazy. “I didn’t hear what you asked me,” I said apologetically. “I’m deaf.”

The professor looked taken aback, then made me move to the front row. It only made things worse: I felt as if I’d just been “outed” as deaf to a room full of people.

Read the article here: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/14/universities-must-listen-needs-deaf-students-disability

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