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Impaired and Thriving

Despite legal protections and advanced research on supporting students with sensory impairments, young people with visual and hearing impairment are barely getting by, lagging well behind their peers. Martin McLean and Jude Thompson offer some case studies of students who are beating the odds, showing how simple some of the solutions are and calling for more opportunities for impaired students.
Two young adults, one with hearing aid, sitting at desks talking

Neither deafness nor vision impairment is a learning disability. We have plenty of case studies of young people with sensory impairment achieving university degrees and qualifying in a range of different sectors when they have the right support in place, regardless of the severity of their impairment. Sadly, government data tells us that young people with sensory impairment lag well behind their peers in terms of attainment of A-levels or equivalent qualifications. 

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