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Minnesota Transition Guide for Teachers of Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Self-Advocacy and Hearing Loss

The self advocacy skills of students with hearing loss is a fundamental factor in determining success or failure across all educational, community, social, and work settings. Development of these skills should begin early so that students are able to start taking responsibility for their own communication accommodations and assume control over choices that affect their lives. Teachers can have a positive impact in the area of self advocacy by providing opportunities and activities that allow students to be involved in choice-making, decision-making, problem-solving, setting and attaining of goals, and development of self-awareness.

Throughout transition planning, students should continue to increase the following self advocacy skills:

Hearing Loss Advocacy Teacher Resources:

  1. Hearing Loss Competency Skills Checklist (PDF)
  2. About My Hearing (PDF)
  3. 411 on Disability Disclosure(PDF)