Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Important Information:

  • Online Meeting Considerations
    • Turn Closed Captions on any content with sound
    • Ask everyone to mute their microphones (except for when speaking)
    • Make sure that you can see everyone’s face (videos on, no backlighting, consider using blur background option)

    Viewing / Sharing Video Considerations:

    • Make sure content is captioned
    • Record yourself with captions included – they benefit everyone

    Basic Face to Face Considerations:

    • Repeat key points (dates, page numbers, key vocab)
    • Write down key points and use visuals
    • Rephrase using different words
    • Repeat student questions/discussions/comments/jokes
    • Use the FM, including passing the microphone
    • Remember there is a difference between hearing and understanding

    FM System Considerations:

    • Make sure your microphone is 6 inches away from your mouth and is not being covered up by any jewelry or scarves.
    • Remember to mute/unmute the microphone

Strategies and Resources:

Communicating with Deaf_Hard of Hearing (DHH) Online 

Webinars of how to use Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc. with DHH students

Speech to text resources (Closed caption and subtitles)

How to use the Cochlear Mini Microphone FM

How to use the Rogers Inspiro FM

How to use the Rogers Touch Screen FM 

Links:

The Provincial Outreach Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has a YouTube channel that has ASL stories and how to caption videos for various platforms

Check out our “Everyday Signs” resource to learn some basic signs for communication

Learn71 Teams (check out Accessibility Tips)

Video:

For Further Information or Support:

Please contact the Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Katelin Miller, Katelin.Miller@sd71.bc.ca