Student Access During COVID-19
After schools reopen and students return to their classrooms, there will be challenges and potential barriers with communication and access to learning for students who are deaf/hard of hearing. These challenges need to be considered and addressed.
Who this impacts
- Students who are deaf, deafblind & hard of hearing
- Parents and families of the students
- Teachers of the students
To address the expected challenges and barriers, a group of organizations, teachers, and recent high school graduates who are deaf or hard of hearing decided to create three videos that highlight these challenges and more importantly, suggest possible solutions. Each video targets a different audience: general education teachers, parents, and special educators (e.g., teachers of deaf/hard of hearing, special education teachers, sign language interpreters, and paraprofessionals). People who are deaf/hard of hearing share their struggles in general education settings as well as possible solutions.
Who was involved?
- Paige Gerlach, 2020 graduate of Farmington High School, incoming freshman at St. Cloud State University
- Emily Manson, Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing – St. Paul Public Schools
- Ann Mayes, Independent Contractor – Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing
- Anna Paulson, Director of Educational Advancement and Partnerships – Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing
- Kobe Schroeder, 2019 graduate of Lakeville North High School, current student and football player at Gallaudet University
- Luke Stadelman, 2019 graduate of Lakeville North High School, current student at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
- Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing
- Minnesota Low Incidence Projects