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Supports at school for students who are deaf or hard of hearing

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​All Queensland state schools make reasonable adjustments to enable children of all abilities to attend school, participate in school activities and access the curriculum.

To support students who are deaf or hard of hearing, schools are able to access a range of supports and services tailored to meet their individual needs. The Every deaf and hard of hearing student succeeding framework 2021-2025 (PDF, 625KB) (RTF, 2.8MB) outlines initiatives for support in more detail.​​

Supports at school

Every student who is deaf or hard of hearing has different needs and will need different reasonable adjustments to attend school and access, participate and engage in the curriculum and in school activities.

State schools consult parents about the reasonable adjustments that may be made. Students are also consulted as much as possible, depending on their age and individual circumstances.

Reasonable adjustments are identified based on the student’s individual needs and may include adjustments to learning activities, teaching strategies, assessment, communication, use of assistive technology or changes to the learning environment. The student may also need adjustments to support them to engage with peers and to stay healthy and safe. Schools determine the best way to record the individual supports being provided to students at their school.

Reasonable adjustments specific to students who are deaf or hard of hearing may include captioning, access to the curriculum with the support of Auslan interpreters or the use of assistive listening devices.

For more information about common types of reasonable adjustments, refer to the General information for students with disability page.

If you have any questions regarding the supports and reasonable adjustments being provided for your child, or how these are documented, please talk to your child’s classroom teacher or principal.

Resources available to schools

Schools are able to access a range of resources and support services to assist them to make reasonable adjustments. Please contact your child’s school to discuss your child’s specific needs.

Schools can access a range of specialist advice to help them make reasonable adjustments including:

Schools are responsible for accessing these supports and resources and may need your consent to access these support services.

The school may also discuss the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) with you. The EAP enables the department to target a proportion of additional teacher and teacher aide resources to the school for students with disability. More information about resources is available at General information for students with disability.

Hear about how Mitchell State School uses Auslan throughout the school to support the communication needs of a student with a hearing impairment (transcript).

More information about how students can be supported at school can be found on the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability website:

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Last updated 14 September 2021