Specialist Support Professionals are usually recommended when assessing Deaf students.

This professional works in a tailored 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 aimed at the disability team and teaching staff.

The key 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.  Additional support is needed more during these challenging times.  The learning environment is going to be different for everyone this academic year.  Under normal circumstances, 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.  This is a much easier way for the deaf student to ask 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.  Support professionals give students the additional support they need for planning and structuring their 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.  Deaf students are often not aware of how to make these adjustments themselves as they have not been responsible for these through their education.

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