Deaf Studies aims to ensure that all students understand the concept of Deaf identity and raises their awareness of issues relating to deafness.
They learn about Deaf history as well as about current events that are relevant to their lives today and in the future. Knowledge of their history, background and causes of deafness all support the students to establish their own identity, to be proud and to be able to interact with both Deaf and hearing people in the wider community.
During the year students will also have the opportunity to develop their sign language skills and prepare for appropriate qualifications in discrete BSL lessons.
1st Year Scheme of Work
Introduction to Deaf Studies. (What is deafness? Deaf Identity)
Different causes of deafness
Level of deafness
Intervention technologies (hearing aids, implants etc.) Prices.
How to fix their aids etc.
How to use equipment.
Deaf clubs (history and recent decline)
Deaf organisations (BDA etc.)
Festivals/ celebrations (e.g. Deaf pride)
Access to Work
2nd Year Scheme of Work
Deaf History / Famous people
Big ‘D’ little ‘d’
Mental health issues
Oralism Vs Sign Language
School placements (mainstream, signing/oral schools, units)