Spotlight on aids for deaf children
STUDENTS at City College Plymouth are more deaf aware thanks to a visit from the National Deaf Children's Society.
The college played host to the NDCS listening bus and two of the roadshow team. The popular Listening Bus has been travelling the UK since 1996. It delivers unique information on the doorstep of the nation's deaf children, to their families and friends and the professionals working with them.
The roadshow team provides a range of workshops and demonstrates the latest equipment available to give deaf children and young people more independence.
Visitors on board the bus are even given the chance to try the equipment for themselves.
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Flashing doorbells, Bluetooth neck loops (for iPods and mobile phones) and vibrating alarm clocks are just some of the equipment that can hugely benefit deaf young people.
The college invited hearing impaired students from Eggbuckland Vale Primary School to go along to try out the latest technology.
They also met the college's Communication Support Workers to enable them to see what support is in place at the college should they attend in the future.
Childcare and health and social care students had an educational visit to the bus to ask questions, see the technology and equipment and understand how it works.
Student Laura Edyvene said: "As a profoundly deaf student it is important for people to be deaf aware.
"Having the bus at the college helps others to understand about deaf people's needs and technology which can assist."
There was also a drop-in for staff and parents which allowed them to ask any questions that would help them to provide support to their students or in some cases their own children.
The college prides itself on the support that it offers to students with hearing impairments, and by having the bus on site it was an ideal opportunity to forge valuable links with the Plymouth and district Deaf Children's Society.