§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether her Department has reached a decision on the request by the College of St. Hild and St. Bede, University of Durham, for funding for a centre for support services for the deaf in higher education.
§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list the universities, the technical colleges and the colleges of further education which provide special classes or other special facilities for the deaf; and if she will detail the services provided by each.
§ Mr. Oakes
Detailed information of this nature is not collected by my Department. However, a few colleges arrange special full-time courses for the hearing impaired, details of some of which have recently been publicised by the National Bureau for Handicapped Students. It is also known that the Open University and a large number of colleges offer special part-time courses and/or support for the hearing impaired, whilst still more provide ad hoc support to individual students attending other general or vocational courses. The Warnock Committee is including the needs of the hearing impaired in its review of educational provision for handicapped children and young people.