Many factors influence the learning needs of deaf students.  These factors create a broad spectrum of outcomes in relation to how a deaf student views his or her identity, how s/he views learning, how s/he communicates as well as determining learning support needs.

However, regardless of where your deaf student may sit on this spectrum, there is one very major way that a deaf student is unique.

That is, a student who is deaf relies heavily on what they can see.  Implicitly, this means that s/he can only do or look at one thing at a time.  Even though you most likely have never been previously aware of it, this is different to all of the other students who you have ever taught.

To access what is being said in the classroom, the deaf student will need to look at the speaker to lipread or s/he will need to watch an Auslan/English interpreter [see more].

The student cannot simultaneously look at a PowerPoint presentation or another visual resource like a DVD or a demonstration and “listen” to what you say.

For that reason you will also need to consider the educational setting and the style of delivery.  Is the class a:

 

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