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Reasonable Adjustments – Deaf Students

Effective preparation for teaching a deaf or hard of hearing student centres around good communication.

  • Provide printed or electronic copies of teaching material in advance, so the student and their support worker can prepare by familiarising themselves with the content and vocabulary. Lecture outlines, reading lists, instructions for practical work, glossaries and new vocabulary lists are all helpful
  • Ensure that subtitles or transcripts are available for any audio–visual material you intend to use
  • Repeat any questions from other students so a deaf student is fully aware of the content
  • Learn how to support deaf students who are lip-reading in lectures and in group situations
  • Develop your confidence to manage teaching sessions where a sign language interpreter or lipspeaker is present


  • Clarity of communication
  • Speed of delivery
  • Accents
  • Turning your back
  • Repitition
  • Questions from the floor
  • Quality of handouts
  • Eye contact
  • Hearing loops
  • Air con or building works

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