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A Workshop for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education
Roughly 3 million children within the United States have hearing loss and approximately 1.3 million of these children are diagnosed under 3 years old (Center for Hearing and Communication, n.d.). A Workshop for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education is a workshop for professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing children and the importance of inclusion within the classroom. The workshop will provide educators with information about (1) the differences between deaf and hard of hearing including types of diagnosis and the number of children and families that are affected along with how to identify children who may be deaf or hard of hearing in the classroom (2) information on the options for deaf and hard of hearing children to be educated including the benefits of each option (3) support required for the professionals including information on inclusion and supporting the families within the classroom and school. This project is set in the understanding that deaf and hard of hearing children and typically hearing children benefit from inclusion and supporting both the children and professionals to ensure the child is given equal access to the materials and information from an early age (Most & Ingber, 2016; Scott et al., 2019).