COVID-19 and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing K–12 Students: Lessons Learned

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain insight into the effect extended periods of quarantine and social isolation will likely have on Deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the areas of language barriers and social interaction. Mental health implications for the DHH student associated with the quarantine as well as changes in the delivery of their education and family dynamics will also be discussed. This will include maintaining social connectiveness and language gains during isolation and quarantine.
  2. participants will learn techniques for evaluating students returning from quarantine and providing follow-up and “catch-up” interventions.
  3. be presented with resources and intervention strategies to assist in developing specific and “deaf-friendly” home-based online instruction (academic and social). Navigating technology to support DHH students and online DHH resources will be discussed.
  4. learn the different identities and cultures within the Deaf community and the role various academic programs play in educating Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The academic implications of isolation and educations during a pandemic, such as COVID-19 will be discussed.


COVID-19 required schools to rapidly change educational delivery to ensure student safety. Deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students were impacted and often not considered in planning for school closures. This symposium will discuss challenges experienced by DHH youth during COVID-19 and outline lessons-learned from school professionals. Attendees will identify how to better prepare school personnel and families to manage the needs of DHH youth during future school closures, as well as methods of supporting the reentry process.



Laurie E. Pope, Nova Southeastern University
Shannon Worton, Nova Southeastern University
Sarah Valley-Gray, Nova Southeastern University


Elizabeth R. Glazener, Maria I. Gallardo-Cooper, Yasmeen Alhasawi


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