Another Academic Year, Another Deaf Student at the Bottom of the List.

Here I am, yet again… waiting for my notetaking support to be put into place.

Student Finance England, well done. You never fail to surprise me.

I am starting University in 2 weeks and my support is nowhere near put in place, I have no note-taker provider.

I accept for hearing students, it is a scary and life changing experience going to University BUT for Deaf students, its ten times scarier and nerve wracking.

I am currently thinking

‘What if the notetaker isn’t Deaf aware’

‘What if the students aren’t accepting of my Deafness’

‘What if no-one is Deaf aware’

‘What if the lecturer doesn’t want to wear my Roger Pen’

‘What if students make fun when I don’t catch what’s been said’

Whereas, the typical hearing student is thinking

‘Which pillows should I get?’

‘I hope there’s some fit lads there’

‘Fresher’s is going to be lit, all that banging music’

‘What if the lecturer is boring and talks all the time’

So hearing students, before you moan about how much you have to get done before university, think about how much Deaf students have to do, and we haven’t even started yet!

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I am deaf, obviously. I am passionate about deaf rights and want to raise awareness on the issues that deaf people face on a daily basis while bringing in my own personal experiences as a deaf person in a deaf and hearing world....

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