ERIC Number: ED384160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Deaf Awareness: A Program To Increase Student Awareness of What It Is Like To Have a Hearing Impairment.
Learning activities are presented to promote awareness of hearing impairments and to help children understand and accept people with disabilities. Through games, stories, information, and personal dialogue, students learn about hearing loss and communication methods as well as the broader issue of differences and the experience of being disabled. Some of the learning activities can be used in studies of language, math, science, art, social studies, and religious education. For each instructional unit, the learning objective is identified, along with materials needed and instructional strategies. Topics of the units include: people's similarities and differences, ideas and feelings about disabilities, how the ear works, types of hearing loss, how children with normal hearing learn to talk and ways that hearing-impaired children are taught to speak, lipreading and sign language, hearing aids, and practical problems encountered by people who are deaf. Appendices list 13 books for children about hearing impairment, 4 books on sign language, 6 resource organizations on deafness, a diagram of the human ear, the American manual alphabet, 12 lipreading sentences, a diagram of a hearing aid, and 4 scenarios involving interaction with a person with a hearing impairment. (SW)
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Classroom Techniques, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Communication Skills, Consciousness Raising, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Hearing Impairments, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Lipreading, Manual Communication, Social Integration, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Convention of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf (Rochester, NY, June 28-July 2, 1994).