Raising Deaf Awareness at NewVIc 2018
As part of National Deaf Awareness Week (14 – 20 May), NewVIc held their own event on Thursday 17 May 2018 to raise awareness about deafness and celebrate positive attitudes towards people in the deaf community.
The event had participants from students and staff across the college. The event included activity stalls with badge-making, cupcake decorating, a dance performance from Street Dance and interviews with students and teachers across college about their experiences about studying and working with deaf students. Students expressed how they adapted their communication skills, how their misconceptions were changed once they began working with deaf students and learnt various BSL (British Sign Language) signs to communicate with.
This is the first time Deaf Awareness Week was celebrated at the College and the aim was to support our deaf students as part of the student community and to raise funds for charities that work with the deaf community. It was a successful event raising more than £131 for Deaf Awareness charities.
The Inclusive Learning Support team were able to achieve what they set out to do, which was to increase Deaf Awareness within the college and to encourage communication and interaction amongst all students.
Special thanks to Elcin Anastasiou, Stephanie Hemans, Emma Wood, Charlotte Amore, John Crockford, James Shaw and students from Street Dance for the creative, performance, fundraising, interviews and organising the event as a team.