Del Mar Heights students learn to understand differences

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”-Mark Twain

Del Mar Heights School students participated in Understanding Differences last week, a unique disability awareness program created by parents and staff of the school in 2005. The school-wide program held every January partners with outside organizations to teach students empathy and understanding through participation in science sessions, simulation exercises and visits from guest speakers.

On Monday, Jan. 22, Del Mar Heights fourth graders went through hearing simulations with Deaf Community Services of San Diego, along with volunteers from UC San Diego and San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Audiology. Students had fun learning the signs for words like “marshmallow” and “French fries” and experienced how challenging hearing loss can be by trying to have a conversation with a classmate standing back-to-back, wearing headphones. Students also learned about Braille, the physiology of the ear, hearing perception and the prevention of hearing loss.

-Karen Billing