For all teenagers, adolescence is a time of transition and a challenging time. It is a time when they learn to be independent, when the peer group becomes more important and where they are exploring new ways of thinking. For deaf young people, most of whom are in mainstream education, the lack of a peer group can be important, and the challenges they face become greater. At school, there may be greater demands upon them, with expanding language and curriculum demands, and providing support while promoting independence challenging. The support provided by families and teachers in early life can develop dependency; it’s important in adolescence that young people are able to experience and learn from their failures. This presentation will discuss the challenges for deaf young people today: many of them say they are being deaf differently, and that it is today possible to be both deaf and hearing. Why?
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Dr Sue Archbold
“As a teacher of the deaf, back in 1989, I never dreamt that I would see the changes in opportunities for deaf children brought about by cochlear implantation. It’s a privilege to have observed the dramatic changes in opportunities offered by today’s hearing technologies, particularly cochlear implants, for deaf children and adults”. The Ear Foundation has led the way in the provision of cochlear implants for children since it’s founding in 1989, and continues to do so in 2017. As the past CEO of The Ear Foundation, I lead a great team in ensuring that the potential of the technology is reached in everyday life. My previous work in education, managing Nottingham Cochlear Implant Programme for 15 years, delivering clinical services and participation in qualitative research gave me the background to run such an exciting and diverse Third Sector organisation. Having now left this role I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my experiences by giving these talks for RIDBC.
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