Over 2- million veterans from the recent wars are attending post-secondary education, of which are twice as likely to have a disability and four times as likely to have hearing loss than their non-veteran peers. Our professional development training aims to support faculty, staff and administration through universal design practices to address the two most common disabilities acquired through military service, hearing loss and tinnitus. In addition, we aim increase campus knowledge of the impacts of military culture and disabilities on the student veteran: learning experience, adjustment to campus and classroom environments and interpersonal relationships.
Project Good to Go: Teaching Student Veterans with Hearing Loss
- Project Good to Go (PG2G) was developed by DeafTEC to address the need for supporting student veterans with hearing loss in post-secondary education
- The Top Ten Things Student Veterans Would Like Faculty to Know is a professional development training for faculty, staff and administration.
- The training provides Universal Design best practices for teaching student veterans with hearing loss in post-secondary education.
- The Top Ten List provided to attendees was created using the direct input of student veterans through a survey and focus groups.
- The presentation is given by an interdisciplinary team consisting of a:
- Hearing Loss Educator/Specialist
- Certified Rehabilitation Counselor/disability counselor
- Veterans Program Coordinator/Counselor
- Alternate Media Specialist
- for more information on the team members please see the “Team” tab
- Increase military culture and veteran transition process awareness
- Learn the differences between veterans with acquired hearing loss and the larger Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing population to increase knowledge of effects of hearing loss in the classroom
- Increase knowledge of how military affiliated populations adjust to acquired disabilities, such as hearing loss and tinnitus
- Understand Universal Design techniques that can be used to create more military and disability friendly classroomsthrough Alt. Media services, educational technologies and disability services
- Learn how veterans’ services, disability services and educational technologies can assist student veterans succeed in college
- Learn how to describe disability services and accommodations to student veterans to make services more approachable
- Discussion topics and trainings to bring back to individual campuses to bridge the gap between Veteran services, disability services and other support services
- Better understand the unique demographic information of the student veterans on your campus and resources used by your student veterans through survey data
Resources for Your Campus
Top Ten Handout: includes the Top Ten list information as well as key take-away points
Copy of Presentation: includes student data, Top Ten list, and presenter contact information
Interdisciplinary Team Perspective: Combined our team has over 40 years of experience working and teaching in post-secondary education (team details provided after signature)
Data on Campus Veterans:if your campus approves the use of our survey, your student veterans can complete the online survey so that we may include specific demographic data on your student veterans in our training to your campus
- For increased response rates the survey should be implemented 3-weeks before the presentation
- Student veteran recruitment and participation is promoted through your campus (typically through veteran’s services, disability services and admissions or registrar services)
- You will receive a copy of the data collected on your student veterans for future reference and usage
- Introduction from DeafTEC ATE Center Director
- Transition experiences of student veterans
- Data of collective group: the use of the survey for your own students allows the presentation to be tailored to the direct responses of your student veterans; faculty, staff and administration often gain more from the presentation when their own student veteran voices are included.
- Top Ten List of Best Practices/Descriptions of the Top Ten Items
- Questions from audience
Who is recommended to attend?
- Faculty, especially from STEM majors
- Staff, especially those in veterans and disability services and personnel supporting those offices
- Administration, especially those overseeing veterans and disability services as well as STEM programs or departments