Deaf Awareness and Sign Language

This course will help you to develop a better understanding of the challenges that deafness could bring and how you might be able to help. The course starts with an introduction to deafness and the problems deaf people encounter, and includes a breakdown of different hearing conditions, including tinnitus and deafblindness. The course also features information on assistive technology and the American, British, and Spanish Sign Languages, as well as other useful tools for communication.

The course consists of 4 lessons:

Lesson 1
Deafness and Personal Hearing Aids
Reactions to Deafness
Problems that Deaf People Cope With
What is a Hearing Aid?
Disadvantages of a Hearing Aid

Lesson 2
Technology / How to Help a Hearing Aid User
Cochlear Implants
Expectations and Limitations
How to Help a Hearing Aid User

Lesson 3
Conditions / Communication Methods
Silent Communication
Spoken Communication
The History of Sign Language
British Sign Language (BSL)

Lesson 4
Sign Language Alphabets / Sense
American Sign Language
The Alphabet
Spanish Sign Language Alphabet
The Deafblind Manual Alphabet
Block Alphabet
‘Sense’ and Government Guidance on Deafblind Services

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four self-assessed questions

Exams: One optional exam (funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees)

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Access Module, People, Work and Society (YO32)

Find Out More: Directly from BSY here

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