Recently I ran some assemblies during deaf awareness week at some local primary schools. To be honest I don’t think I was that good (which is why I am under a different name). Do you have any resources or ideas that would be useful for me to include and/or hand out ready for next year? I am a hard of hearing social worker and should have known better but there is so little good DA stuff out there.
Any information or advice would be very useful and much appreciated.
Every trainer needs to do their own research and tailor their sessions according to both teaching style and the allocated age group. This is why standard Deaf Awareness packs never work – many have been produced over the years; if you locate an out of print one, then you’ll see what I mean. Yes, there are standard things to include in your session – whether it is Deaf Awareness or Deaf Equality or whatever – but it is still very much up to the individual.
The Council on Deafness manage Deaf Awareness Week each May – click here for details. They usually have some materials and posters to hand. A lot of deaf and hearing loss charities produce high-quality materials, usually only in a very short print run.
Trainers need to be like vacuum cleaners and be able to hoover up appropriate materials wherever they come across them.
More importantly, ask yourself: why has the school asked you – apart from it being Deaf Awareness Week? Do they have deaf pupils too or is it part of their curriculum? There are some wonderful books and puppets out there for the very young. Google the main online deaf bookshops for suitable resources. Most of all be fun – while not forgetting to pack a punch too!