November 13, 2012

Please Use Captioned Media With Your Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

Would you have a lesson that requires your students to rely solely on their vision in order to participate fully in class and learn, when you have a visually impaired student in your class?

Would you feel comfortable asking your students to participate in a fun activity that involves jumping and running while one student with a broken leg and the other who uses a wheelchair sits by watching?

What if you have a deaf or hard of hearing student who requires captions or subtitles to fully enjoy or understand a movie being shown in your class? Would you take the time to find and show subtitled and captioned movies? Or would you let your student be left out and sit in frustration as he or she try to understand what the characters are saying in the movie?

Imagine watching a movie that everyone seems to be fascinated by, mainly due to the interesting dialogue the characters are heavily involved in. Everyone is on the edge of their seats watching intently and listening. However, you are clueless because you have no idea what the characters are talking about. This is what you hear:

"Oh, so he was hjkuebhr but jhgyiu ghjufed. It seemed fair."

"But you don't know what it is like."

"Yes, I do. I have bnjhgsyh hjgfdvit and it was not okay."

How are you supposed to relax and enjoy what you are watching if you can't understand some or all of what is being said?

Teachers please keep this in mind when you have students who are hard of hearing or deaf who rely on captioning and subtitles. Do not leave them out.

If you need help finding captioned or subtitled media please contact a Deaf/HH teacher in the county, if there is one, or contact a media specialist. You can also Google it. There are plenty of resources and information about finding captioned media on the Internet.



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