‘Working Side by Side’ Educates Students on Deaf Awareness

Story By: Symmone Woods, Reporter

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‘Working Side by Side’ was a presentation given on Monday Oct. 28, 2019, by Academic Lecturer, Trisha Houston.

This presentation informed students, and faculty on how to assist, accommodate, and include deaf and deaf-blind students properly and appropriately. Houston spoke about respect, inclusion and the Deaf community as a cultural group rather than just being labeled as disabled.

“The best ways to communicate with a hearing impaired person are through interpreters, pen and paper, UbiDuo, or laptop” according to Trisha Houston.

She spoke on the immense stigma regarding the hearing impaired and how to properly address and communicate with them.

She also speaks about the “U” shape seating, which is known as a deaf friendly room set up.