A student who performs poorly in school may not necessarily be a slow learner but somebody who has a hearing problem and thus needs prompt government intervention.
November 10 to 15 is the national observance of Deaf Awareness Week.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said parents and teachers should be able to detect early on symptoms of deafness in order to map out timely intervention.
“The ultimate goal of DepEd’s special education program is the integration of learners with special needs into the regular school system and eventually into the community” Luistro said.
He also added that hearing impairment is not only about not being able to hear but encompasses emotional problems in socialization and learning difficulty.
He explained that the education of the hearing impaired should be tailored to their special needs and be directed towards the development of their maximum potential to enable them to enjoy a meaningful and productive life.
The week-long focus on deaf awareness is in coordination with the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Colleges of Education (Special Education), Rehabilitation Sciences (Speech Language Pathology) and Tourism and Hospitality Management (Community Services).
The deaf awareness week also aims to enhance significant public awareness on the prevention, early detection, intervention, rehabilitation and education of people with hearing impairment.