Centre for Accessibility Services

Vision, hearing and speech disorders

The Centre for Accessibility Services at UFV offers support to students with vision, hearing and speech disorders such as visual impairment, deaf and hard of hearing, and communication disorder. Follow the section links below to learn more about the respective disorders, including definition of the impairment as well as faculty and student tips for managing these issues.

Visual impairment

Visual impairment refers to when a person's ability to see is impaired beyond the use of eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. Conditions such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and age-related degeneration can cause visual impairment. The four types of visual impairment are low vision, partially sighted, legally blind and blind. Read more

Deaf and hard of hearing

Deaf is generally used to describe individuals with a severe to profound hearing loss whereas hard of hearing is used to describe individuals whose hearing loss ranges from mild to severe. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can use spoken language/speech reading or sign language to communicate. Read more

Communication disorder 

Communication disorders are related to challenges that occur with a person's language and speech. The DSM-IV has categorized these challenges in 5 different areas: language disorder, speech sound disorder, childhood-onset fluency disorder, social communication disorder and unspecified communication disorder. Read more 

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