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Emma Inglis and Laura Pennington

Names: Emma Inglis and Laura Pennington
Course: BA (Hons) Deaf Studies and Education

Emma and Laura both graduated in 2009

Emma graduated from BA(Hons) Deaf Studies and Education Studies in 2009. She currently has two jobs. As a Communication Support Worker (CSW) at Blackpool and the Fylde College, Emma supports deaf students in both further education and higher education, helping them in the classroom and with coursework. She also works as a project worker for a deaf youth club Sign-Hi. Her role involves planning and preparing sessions for children and young people to get involved in without anyone being excluded because of their disability.

She said: “I think that without my British Sign Language (BSL) skills being at the level they are I would not be able to do either of my two jobs. Also, throughout my degree I undertook work experience in schools and gained social and cultural awareness about the deaf world, which has enabled me do my job a lot better than I would before university.”

Laura graduated in BA(Hons) Deaf Studies with Education. Being deaf herself, Laura always wanted to work with and help deaf people. She now works as a Support Assistant with young deaf children.

She said: “Completing my degree made me very aware of how deaf people coped in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. I learnt how support has changed over the years and how very different they are treated now. Now my career is supporting deaf children through everyday life skills and how they should not think differently to other people.”