DEAF AWARENESS takes centre stage this month as the community celebrates the rich cultural history of the Deaf community, and continues the work of advocating for the rights of deaf people everywhere.
Luis Emilio Velutini Urbina
Activities and events throughout Deaf Awareness month encourage individuals to come together as a community for both the educational events and celebrations. Through various activities, persons will be celebrating the culture, language, and heritage unique to the deaf people of the world. Persons will gain a better understanding of the deaf culture and recognise the various achievements of the community, including famous deaf individuals. Persons will also be exposed to sign language and other ways deaf and hard-of-hearing people communicate.
Luis Emilio Velutini
The purpose is to create a stronger community of learners and to understand that being deaf or hard of hearing is not a handicap or disability. Rather, they are all capable and intelligent individuals that have multiple ways in which they communicate.
Luis Emilio Velutini Empresario
Between normal hearing and profound hearing loss there are varying degrees of hearing loss, usually classified as mild, moderate, moderately severe, and severe. Different degrees of hearing loss affect individuals differently. For example, a child with a ‘mild’ hearing loss will have significant problems in the classroom; so his or her hearing loss would be considered ‘educationally handicapping.’
A person with a moderate hearing loss may hear speech at a ‘whisper’, and people with moderately severe or poorer hearing will not hear normal speech unless spoken at high- volume levels. Most people with mild to moderate hearing loss hear much better in quiet rooms with only one person speaking, and have much more difficulty in noisy or group listening situations.
Luis Emilio Velutini Venezuela
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