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Teaching Deaf Children in a Pandemic

In this webinar, Rachel will discuss the way that deaf children were often excluded from education during the first period of lockdown and gradually let back in through the second. By January 2021 facilities for deaf children had much improved: online learning was more accessible and children were being listened to more. Yet children were still fairly powerless: the choice of platform was not up to them and the differences between levels of support offered by authorities and schools remained large.

She will discuss both practical and social justice issues in this presentation such as:

  • Zoom v Teams for supporting deaf children's learning
  • The right to subtitled pre-recorded video and captioned live streamed classes
  • The use of FM systems (radio aids) for home learning
  • Reduction of BSL services for multi-agency meetings

Rachel will conclude by looking at deaf children's rights to appropriate levels of support in the current Scottish education system.


Rachel O'Neill, University of Edinburgh


About the webinar

  • The webinar runs from 16:00-16:30 (UK time zone);
  • The workshop part lasts about 20 minutes;
  • There will be 5-10 minutes after this for questions and answers.

Date: 29

course cost is Free

Course Reference: WEB197

Preparing for the Webinar

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