Student drives change for deaf community - The Solihull Observer

Student drives change for deaf community

Solihull Editorial 8th Jun, 2024   0

A KIND-HEARTED student has been offering first-hand advice to a fellow deaf student.

Haaris Khan has not only dedicated himself to his painting and decorating course at Solihull College and University Centre but he has also dedicated himself to supporting fellow Deaf students in their integration into college life.

From offering guidance to sharing his own experiences, Haaris has been a beacon of support and encouragement to his peers.

More recently, the 20-year-old secured an official part-time role as personal support worker with Sign Life and helps student Paul Sargent get to and from college daily.

Inspired by the lack of deaf counsellors, Haaris has decided to bridge the gap by embarking on an online Counselling course with the College, with plans to advance to the face-to-face Level 3 course in September.

Haaris said: “I want the deaf community to have access to direct, personal, and private support for a more inclusive and therapeutic experience.

“Being deaf myself, I understand the importance of having a counsellor who can communicate effectively through sign language.”

Deaf support coordinator, Claire Whatmore, said: “Haaris is inspirational, over the last three years I have witnessed his personal journey of growth, self-awareness, and confidence. He has naturally become a Deaf role model and source of support for fellow Hearing Impaired and Deaf students, I couldn’t be prouder of him.”


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