Deciding to pursue a postsecondary education via community college, trade school, or university is a common course of action adults in the US pursue. In fact, the number of students projected to attend American colleges and universities in fall 2018 is 19.9 million1. Of this statistic, roughly 20,000 attendees spanning in age from 18-44 will be deaf or hard of hearing. While the type of hearing loss can vary from Conductive to Sensorineural to Mixed, the result is the same in that it can make for a very challenging learning environment if the appropriate action by the educational system is not observed and implemented.
Our government has established disability laws and legislation in place, however, it is up to each university to not just adhere to these guidelines but to also incorporate them into their educational structure and build on them2.
If you or a loved one are considering pursuing a continuing education degree check out this great resource below for a comprehensive list of educational systems that truly benefit anyone with a hearing loss.
1. “The NCES Fast Facts Tool Provides Quick Answers to Many Education Questions (National Center for Education Statistics).” Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2001-2002, E.D. Tab, National Center for Education Statistics, nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372.
2. “College Help for Hard of Hearing and Deaf Students.” Best Colleges, 15 May 2018, www.bestcolleges.com/resources/college-planning-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-students/