Building Block Two: Access To Information

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Students are presented with a large amount of information on a daily basis, ranging from classroom instruction to emergency procedures. By presenting all information in an accessible way, schools help ensure the safety of all students, including those who are Deaf and hard of hearing.

Increasing Accessibility to Information through Technology

  • Audio announcements enhanced with ASL/LSQ and text
    • displays positioned throughout the school
      • within line of sight
  • group amplification systems (e.g. soundfield systems)
  • captioning for  CDs, DVDs, and internet videos and other types of media (e.g. webinars), upon request
  • all print on pamphlets, signage, school information, and school or school board websites:
    • provided in ASL/LSQ for students whose literacy level is not high enough to access
    • ensure auditory only information has print and/or ASL/LSQ versions
  • paper and pens placed in strategic places throughout the school
  • signage to highlight where technology is and how to use it
  • ASL-English and LSQ-French dictionaries strategically placed through the school
  • reduction of noise (even music) that can interfere with assistive technology
  • reduction of busy areas that can interfere with access to spoken language and signed language
  • interactive white boards
  • background music minimized or turned off altogether

Increasing Accessibility to Information through Building Capacity for Professionals

  • teachers fluent in ASL/LSQ
    • to provide direct instruction to signing students
  • in cases where teachers fluent in ASL/LSQ are not available
    • AVLIC[1] certified interpreters with appropriate academic background
      • provide indirect access to education

[1] AVLIC – Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada