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Numbers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Students at Third Level declines.
Posted: 20th March 2015

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NCSE have commented…

“We believe that over time, the establishment of one inclusion support service will help to improve outcomes for students with special needs, including those who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.”

A recent AHEAD report has highlighted an alarming drop in the numbers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students attending full-time courses in Third Level colleges.

Although the numbers of students with disabilies at Third Level increased by 7% last year, the AHEAD report noted ‘a worrying trend’ that has seen numbers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students drop by 6% in just one year from 288 students in 2012-2013, to 271 in 2013-2014.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing students were the ONLY grouping in the AHEAD report to record a decline in numbers over the previous academic year. The AHEAD report did not provide any reasons for the drop in numbers, but the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) research paper “Moving to Further and Higher Education – an Exploration of the Experiences of Students with Special Educational Needs” (2013) noted that there was a need for post–school planning , which should commence early at second level education, to assist students with disabilities to progress to further and higher education institutions.

The alarming drop in students with hearing loss at Third Level comes in the wake of the recent publication of the Review of the Visiting Teacher Service and the establishment of a new Inclusion Support Service within the NCSE, which will include the Visiting Teacher Service. The NCSE have commented that “We believe that over time, the establishment of one inclusion support service will help to improve outcomes for students with special needs, including those who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.”

DeafHear will be advocating for concrete actions to increase the numbers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in the coming years, including more information on the academic progress of students with hearing loss in the primary and secondary system, improved access to the DARE Scheme (Disability Access Route to Education) and more support for school leavers to help prepare them for transition to higher education.

 


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