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25.05.2021 | By Teresa Quail

DCAL – New FREE deaf awareness course for teachers.

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DCAL has launched a new FREE deaf awareness course  for teachers.

DCAL explain it is “Designed for school- and college-based professionals and made available without cost, UCL’s new Deaf Awareness course draws on expertise from its Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre and its Institute of Education, as well as the experiences of deaf school-leavers, deaf parents, and deaf and hearing teachers.

The course is offered online and can be completed at the learner’s own pace in 2-3 hours.

It covers topics such as the importance of deaf awareness in the classroom setting, different perspectives of deafness, strategies for communicating with deaf pupils, and how to create a deaf-supportive learning environment.

It also includes a free and optional British Sign Language ‘taster’ at the end.

This is an essential course for all those who occasionally or regularly support deaf pupils.”

The course covers the following topics:

  • why deaf awareness is important
  • relevant legislation relating to disability
  • the importance of deaf awareness in a classroom setting
  • the responsibility to provide an accessible education
  • different perspectives of deafness and how deafness affects individuals
  • how to communicate effectively with deaf pupils
  • commonly used supports to aid communication
  • how to create a deaf-supportive learning environment