Communications News: RNID helps the deaf consider university life with free video

The RNID has released a video about life on campus after research revealed that 47 per cent of deaf people say their handicap has prevented them from participating fully as students.

Is university for you? is available on VHS, CD-Rom and DVD, and free to all prospective deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

It provides information on issues such as support services, applying for the Disabled Students Allowance, student loans, special exam arrangements and student accommodation.

“Such a small percentage of this country’s student population is deaf,” said national projects manager Irini Korompilia. “While this has increased from 559 back in 1999 to 700 today, the RNID would like more deaf and hard-of-hearing people to feel confident they have vital support and information in making the life-changing decision to pursue the course of their choice.

“This will also help combat the unemployment rate of deaf people, which is four times the national average,” she added.

The video was produced as part of the Headstart initiative, backed by Barclays, which aims to increase the deaf population at universities.

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