We offer up to five scholarships per year for teachers training to become Teachers of the Deaf. The scholarships, which are designed for students whose Local Authority or school is not obliged to support them financially, are managed by British Association of Teachers of the Deaf and are named after their first president Con Powell. Scholars will be supported by staff from our partner organisation the Ewing Foundation.
‘Teaching deaf children requires knowledge about deafness, the psychological implications of hearing loss and how that loss impacts upon listening, literacy and education, as well as communication with the world at large,’ said OHF Trustee Ted Moore. ‘Qualified Teachers of the Deaf are urgently required to help deaf children and young people to overcome these educational and social difficulties.’
Applications for 2018 have now closed, re-opening January 2019. Please visit BATOD’s website to find out more.
We are supporting two students from the MSc in Audiology and Deaf Education programmes at the University of Manchester by funding their research projects into paediatric and children’s audiology. Dr Kai Uus, who is the teaching lead and programme director at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness, said the funding will enable students,‘to carry out better quality and more clinically meaningful projects with adequate financial and technical support.’ The funding is also an investment in the next generation of professionals helping deaf children: ‘It will promote the training of the future leaders in audiology and associated services across the country,’ adds Dr Uus.
AVT helps parents to develop their child’s listening and spoken language skills. It is a play-based approach delivered by Auditory Verbal Therapists who have all undergone postgraduate training. Children with hearing impairment typically acquire language at half the rate of their hearing peers, and AV UK’s programme aims to close the gap by the time they start school. 80% of children who complete AV UK’s programme achieve language on a par with hearing children, and most go to mainstream schools.
We have funded 35 bursaries for speech and language therapists and teachers of the deaf to train as Auditory Verbal therapists, and also covering the part-time salary of a newly qualified therapist.
‘This is fantastic,’ says AV UK’s Chief Executive Anita Grover. ‘We will be in a position to support more children to have the same opportunities in life as hearing children.’