University of Edinburgh

Including deaf children in mainstream schools

Presented on Thursday 14 September 2006

Educational Inclusion from a Deaf Perspective

Debra Dalton, Deaf Action

An extract from Report on Access to Social, Cultural and Leisure Opportunities for Young Deaf People

  • Questionnaire (by post & face-to-face)
  • 14 mainstream young people
  • 21 young people from residential


  • Gender, age and Location
  • Level of hearing loss
  • Methods of communication
  • Spare time (at home)
  • Spare time (outside the home)
  • Friends
  • Concerns and worries
  • Communication and access to youth and leisure provision
  • Other comments
  • 31% didn't use normal phone - relied on parents to make phone calls

  • Not aware of TV subtitles.

  • None of them knew about TV listening devices

  • 44% didn't have deaf friends while 37% had a few (1 or 2)

  • Low numbers of deaf friends may have impact on young people’s confidence and sense of identity

  • Sense of being 'different'

Quotes from young people…

  • I feel jealous because they can hear and I can't.
  • I wish I was the same
  • They are very lucky

Other comments…

"Many people do not know of hearing aids and find it hard to stop staring, this has happened to me a lot and I get really self conscious."

"I would like to know if my hearing would get better in the future."

"It great to be deaf, so you can meet other deaf people but when younger I used to get bullied about my hearing. I have got over it now."


  • Understanding
  • Awareness (individual & others)
  • Significance of communication
  • Full access to information
  • Choices
  • Identity
  • Knowledge
  • Benefits