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Resources to Support the Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) Population

Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Children and youth who are Deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) make up a very diverse population, making it difficult to make general statements about them as a group. Some of this diversity is rooted in factors like cultural, linguistic, social, medical, and physical variables. Because the Deaf or hard of hearing population is so diverse, it is critical to address the individual’s unique set of strengths and needs when planning to support teaching, learning and development. It is important to assist children and youth to develop the ability to exercise self-advocacy and self-determination and develop ways to access communication. This may include visual and signed language such as American Sign Language (ASL), acoustic communication through  audiological interventions, and technologies such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, and amplification systems. A strengths-based approach also considers the ways in which children and youth who are Deaf or hard of hearing may best be able to access, understand and use information. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, combined with a responsive, whole-person approach, can support effective teaching, learning, and inclusion while addressing individual needs and preferences.  ~Quick Guide Supporting Children & Youth From Low-Incidence Populations

These resources are intended to provide professional learning for professionals working with children and youth in the deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) population.

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Including students who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing in Music Education (Danny Lane)

Archived Webinar with Danny Lane from June 11, 2019.

This session will look at why and how to include students who are deaf or hard of hearing in music classes and musical experiences. How does music sound to children who are deaf or hard of hearing?

-Is music something that all children who are deaf or hard of hearing should have access to and how could that work?
-Which instruments should we use with children who are deaf or hard of hearing?
-Opportunities for participants to share any existing experiences of music and deafness.
-Awareness and communication in music with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
-Examples of activities used, approaches, benefits.
-Achievements: The presentation of case studies of young musicians and the impact existing projects have made.

Length: 49:56

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