Deaf Veterans Face Barriers on College Campuses

Deaf Veterans Face Barriers on College Campuses

Deafness is the most common service-related disability.

Deaf veterans are not succeeding in college at the same rate as hearing veterans, the University of Texas reports.

A study from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes at The University of Texas at Austin found that deaf veterans are in need of more accommodations and support, at a time when more veterans than ever are experiencing hearing difficulties.

The report, “Deaf Veterans at College: Undergraduate Enrollment and Degree Completion,” analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Veterans Benefits Administration and U.S. Department of Education.

Out of the 1.6 million veterans with a service-related disability, more than 67,000 (4.2%) have severe hearing difficulties. Of veterans in college, 2.6% are deaf, and almost half of these deaf veterans (44%) also have other disabilities.

The 37,000 deaf veterans are older than typical college students and do not complete a bachelor’s degree at the same rate as hearing veterans.

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