In workshops, science labs and some other learning (and work) environments, it is a requirement to wear eye protection.  This is essential to ensure that all of us protect ourselves against damage to our sight as the result of an accident.  However, at times people – especially learners – are less than heedful about compliance.

As a deaf student’s teacher, it is important that you recognise that wearing eye protection is even more crucial for your deaf student because – regardless of how the student communicates – his or her vision is a vital part of their communication.  If damage occurs to his or her sight, the implications are much further reaching than a hearing student who damages his or her sight.

This is why, if the deaf student is not vigilant themselves, you need to be, ensuring that s/he always wears appropriate eye protection.


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