Note taking supports Deaf/deaf student at hearing university

June 20, 2014

A note taker works to support a student with hearing loss. Two note takers sit down next to a Deaf/deaf student and translate literally the contents of the teacher speaking in the classroom, or the spot of what happens in the class, with handwriting or a computer.

In Senshu University in Tokyo, the disability support promotion committee started a course on note-taking to not only promote an understanding and support to a student with hearing loss, but develop a skill in hearing people's talk and writing down. The regular course for a note-taking skill is provided, all 15 lessons.

Both handwriting and a computer are used in note taking. The lecturer of charge tells, "We hope the student learns how to develop the imaginative power in a place of person with disability through the course."

Okinawa University located in Japan's southern island positively tackles note-taking activity with student volunteers. As its motto says that every school event is arranged with note taking, an entrance ceremony, a graduation ceremony, a lecture meeting of the university, etc., is held with  "screening" which projects the contents of note-taking.

Furthermore, the university holds the study meeting regularly which offers an experience with note-taking, etc. The activity is not only limited to the on-campus, but the off-campus such as holding the symposium about Deaf/deaf student support in collaboration with University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa International University, the Okinawa Christianity University, and Meio University in 2005.

Okinawa University has employed two coordinators, who connect a student with disability and a support student, give a student with disability advice, or train a student volunteer, and maintain a support environment properly.

Taira Satoko (平良悟子), a deaf coordinator, who graduated from the university with support, has employed her own experience and viewpoint in support efficiently.

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