Resources & Support – Effective Communication with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

In Other, by , on September 26th, 2023

On Thursday, Oct. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Gallagher Center Multipurpose Room, Rachel Violanti, chair of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at Niagara University, will facilitate a workshop that can help you more effectively communicate and connect with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, both in and outside of the classroom.

Participants will:

  • Increase their awareness of Deaf culture.
  • Learn about strategies that can improve effective communication with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: communication/interpreter do’s and don’ts, use of video remote interpreting (VRI), use of the NYS Relay Service (phone), environmental adjustments (e.g., impact of poor lighting or sight lines).
  • Learn a few basic signs—and resources for reference—to help foster inclusivity and meaningful connections with Deaf people.

NU’s Accessibility Services staff, Kelly Engert and Sarah Mecca, will be available to answer questions and provide information about their role in supporting students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at Niagara.  

Please contact Diane Stoelting, director, Academic Success Center, at 716.286.8072 by Oct. 2 to RSVP.