By admin | July 27, 2012
A fascinating infographic from Japan, shows the proportion of students with hearing issues in third-level education, and the supports they receive.
Before 1990, most students at tertiary level in Japan had to make their way through college, by borrowing and transcribing notes from hearing peers.
Thankfully, note-taking services became the most practical student support option, even if note-takers were not formally qualified. In some regions, note-taking is provided to local communities (to students and to seniors) on the basis that just 20% of the deaf(ened) population knows sign language.
Note-taking is now being promoted more in Japan, after researchers found potential users were unaware of this vital support for seminars or meetings.
Twitter sometimes serves as a ready-made, live-captioning feed in tertiary environments to allow students to sit anywhere they wish, in lecture rooms.