When assessing Deaf students, Specialist Support Professionals are usually recommended.

This professional works in a bespoke way to support the individual’s needs and their personal learning style.

The other Benefits of Specialist Support Professionals includes:

  1. Planning workload
  2. Structuring assignments
  3. Support access to research sources
  4. Support preparation for assignments
  5. Provide the HEP with specific advice on making adjustments – disability team/teaching staff

The overall aim is to enable deaf students to access their course and assignments, as well as overcoming any barriers to learning.

Universities are not experienced in delivering lectures remotely for extended periods of time.  During the challenging times, additional support is needed more than ever.  This Academic year, Deaf students are entering into a learning environment that is different for everyone.  Normally, deaf students would use the time at the start and end of their lectures to clarify assignments and their understanding as deaf students miss so much information.  We find this is a much easier way for the deaf student to ask these questions, when they have access to a BSL Interpreter for their session.

With the sessions being delivered remotely, this is no longer available.

Working remotely means that deaf students are more isolated.  The benefits of support professionals give the students this additional support in planning and structured workload and assignments.

Having access to a professional who can guide the University through all of the changes, and reasonable adjustments they will need to make to provide access.
Oftentimes, deaf students are not aware of how to make these adjustments, as they have not been responsible for these through their education.

This article aims to provide some understanding of what a Specialist Support Professional can do, and how it can be used to improve the experience of Deaf students to help them make the most of their studies during their time at University.

For more information about Deaf student’s concerns going back to University check out our blog post Deaf Student’s concerns over face coverings at University