AD5833: Introduction to Deaf, Deaf Blind, Vision Impaired Awareness and Communication

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 24hr(s) Lectures (this includes practical application of Sign Language and simulations); 76hr(s) Other (self-directed learning, including Sign Language practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Social Studies, and guest lecturers.; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To provide introductory knowledge with regard to sensory impairments (e.g. deaf, deaf-blind, vision impaired) and to outline factors that may impact on quality of life. To examine a range of supports aimed at enhancing communicaiton, emotional expression, and other challenges experienced by people with sensory impairments.
Module Content: The following will be examined in this module in relation to deaf, deaf blind, vision impaired and blind awareness: types of deafness, deafblindness, vision impairment and blindness; Communication methods, contemporary terminology, definitions, societal attitudes around sensory impairments will be explored while understanding that challenges experienced are unique to each person. Various supports will be explored e.g. technical and mobility aids, support work of national organisations working with people with sensory impairments.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Discuss contemporary terminology/ definitions and societal attitudes in relation to deaf, deaf blind, Vision impaired and blind people.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the multitude of factors that may impact on quality of life for people with sensory impairments and the need for multi-faceted interventions/ supports.
  • Critically assess barriers to communication and access, and how these can be overcome.
  • Select appropriate communication tactics for use with deaf, deaf blind people.
  • Evaluate technological, mobility and daily living aids and strategies that serve to enhance communication and emotional expression for people with sensory challenges.
  • Ascertain the best environmental conditions for communicating with people with sensory impairments.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (MCQ exam, 20 marks; Practical demonstration, 40 marks; 1,000 word reflective assessment, 40 marks.).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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