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Number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
in Higher Education continues to rise

Posted: 9th February 2018

DeafHear.ie Small increase in numbers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in Higher  Education 2017.


Recent figures published by AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability) have indicated that the numbers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students progressing to Higher Education continues to rise.

During the academic year 2016–17 there were 334 students registered as Deaf/Hard of Hearing in our colleges and universities.

Parents and students alike will welcome the increase in numbers which has continued over the last number of years. Figures for the last three academic years were 295 (2014–15), 313 (2015–16) and 334 (2016–17).

The most recent annual figures represent an annual increase of 6.7%, which is a positive trend given that the overall student population sitting the Leaving Certificate exams grew by less than 2%.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing students were most likely to enrol in Humanities and Arts, Business, Administration and Law, or Health and Welfare courses. Interestingly, Deaf and Hard of Hearing students were the group least likely to seek an Exam Accommodation (67%).


Deaf and Hard of Hearing still underrepresented

However, Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are still much less likely to progress to higher education compared to their hearing peers. It is estimated that at least 200 students with significant hearing loss would have completed their second level education in 2016, but there were only 89 Deaf and Hard of Hearing students who enrolled in higher education that year – significantly less than 50%. This compares to a progression rate of around 78% in the wider student population.

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing students continue
to be seriously underrepresented in
Higher Education

 

Brendan Lennon, DeafHear’s Head of Advocacy says we still don’t know exactly how many Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are in our school system or what educational outcomes they are achieving.

He points out that that there are major gaps in support services for these children and that the Visiting Teacher Service Review stressed the need for a greater focus on outcomes. ‘Until the Education Authorities publish information on how our Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are doing on standardised tests and State examinations – like they do in other countries – parents and other interested parties won’t know if these children are getting the education they deserve’ he said.

 

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