Common Barriers Experienced at the University Level

A student who is deaf or hard of hearing may experience one or more of the following barriers to learning and inclusion. Please note this list provides only a sample of common barriers.

  • Access to information - both formal information presented in classes and incidental communication within and external to the class
  • Social isolation, particularly for American Sign Language using students due to the language barrier
  • Participation in settings such as tutorials can be compromised due to difficulties in following numerous conversation participants
  • Language proficiency may be affected due to limited exposure to spoken English. Factors such as when a person lost their hearing (pre or post lingual) and level of hearing loss influence language proficiency.

For Additional information on working with students with Hearing Impairments