Celebrating Inclusion

"When Everyone is Included, Everyone Wins" - Jesse Jackson

International Deaf Awareness Week

Classroom Ideas

For teachers, Deaf Awareness Week is an excellent time to bring awareness into the classroom. Ideas such as teaching about the ear and hearing, famous deaf/hard of hearing people, and even working on fingerspelling and basic signs with the class will all foster awareness (verywellhealth.com). For older children, discuss barriers to communication and see how they are able to creatively solve such problems, or watch a video with closed caption and/or sign language interpretation. Using visuals is critically important and benefits ALL students!

Tips for Communicating With People Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing


  • Get the person's attention before trying to communicate.
  • Try to reduce the amount of background noise when possible.
  • Make sure lighting is good; bright enough to see well but not creating shadows on the speaker's face or shining directly in the other person's eyes.
  • If speaking, do so clearly and at a normal volume. Do not exaggerate mouth movements or facial expressions.
  • Do not cover your mouth with your hands.
  • Check for understanding. If there is a breakdown in communication, figure out another way to say, spell, or write down the main ideas.
  • Use visuals as much as possible
  • Be patient. Imagine how stressful, frustrating and confusing it might be for a person who is deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with others effectively.

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