Deafness:

More than just a lack of hearing...

Deaf Academy

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If we asked you to imagine what it would be like to be deaf, you would probably think of all the sounds you would miss; a loved one, your favourite piece of music or hearing the birds sing. But what if you’ve never heard? What if you’ve never heard a single thing, not a sound? It’s not about what you would miss so much but more about what you have never known. And therefore the idea of two people communicating through opening and closing their mouths is almost mythical. And if you have never heard a spoken word, how do you make sense of written words?

So imagine you can’t read this. Imagine when people talk, you can’t hear them. When you try to express yourself, no one understands and most of the time you are ignored. Imagine being faced with constant barriers and frequently failed. This is the reality for many Deaf children.

Deafness is more than a lack of hearing; it can mean the denial of participation in the world the rest of us live in. This is often the situation for many of our students before joining the Deaf Academy.

Founded in 1826, Exeter Deaf Academy is a charity that provides an inspirational day and residential School and College for Deaf young people aged 4-24 and currently has 76 students. As highlighted, deafness can have a devastating impact on a young person and is very frequently underestimated.

So at the Deaf Academy we provide specialist education and care tailored to the individual needs of deaf and hearing impaired children and young people. The sense of belonging to an inspiring community transforms students as they develop communication skills and journey towards independence and fulfilling their potential. Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted for School, College and Residential Care, our latest School report highlights that we are “…firmly on the trajectory towards being outstanding’.

Exeter Deaf Academy is an extraordinary place for extraordinary young people. And we now have an extraordinary ambition; to build a brand new purpose built Deaf Academy. This exciting new project is reliant on the support of the Exeter, Devon and South West community at an unprecedented level to help raise an anticipated £2.3m towards building our new Deaf Academy. Due to open in the 2016/17 academic year, this momentous project will be a centre of excellence for Deaf people and a mutual vibrant space for Deaf and hearing people to come together in the heart of a new community, enabling us to build on our proud history of almost 200 years.
To get a greater sense of our students and this inspiring project please watch our Sense of Space film which details what happened when some of our students met the New Build architects to explore the plans for our New Deaf Academy:

If you’d like to understand more about the Deaf Academy and find out how you can get involved here are some of our recent highlights and events;

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