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Deaf students at Arizona school will learn virtually, but not without obstacles

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Deaf students at Arizona school will learn virtually, but not without obstacles

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students are adjusting to their new normal when it comes to online classes, virtual events and social distancing to prevent the spread of the disease.

But for deaf and hard of hearing students in Arizona public schools, as well as for many more enrolled in private schools, these adjustments introduce new barriers to communication and learning. Last year, according to the Arizona Department of Education, 1,622 deaf or hard of hearing students were in public schools.

Sequoia Deaf School, part of the Edkey Inc. charter school group in Mesa, had 52 students enrolled in grades K through 12 for the 2020-21 school year. Its experience navigating the pandemic illustrates some of the challenges deaf students face, such as difficulty reading lips and faces behind masks, the shorter attention spans of young deaf students and the loss of their nurturing school community.
By Katelyn Keenehan/Luce Foundation: Southwest Stories Fellowship

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Cronkite News

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Southwest Stories>Schools, Services & Small Businesses
Southwest Stories>Katelyn Keenehan

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10/01/2020

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10/01/2020
10/21/2020
03/21/2021
07/15/2021

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