The Deaf Education Advocacy Fellowship (DEAF) is a community interest company providing a first class advocacy service for D/deaf people, whether at home or in the workplace. By building self-confidence in our clients, individuals are encouraged to develop their ideas and achieve their personal goals in the manner and timeframe that suits them.
My name is Abubaker Suleman. I have a hearing impairment, thus resulting in me wearing hearing aids in both my left and right ear. I have always been ambitious in striving for the best personally and professionally, however yet still been afraid that my hearing impairment may possibly act as a barrier towards my success. Nevertheless having positive role model in the form of my relative and to see them do so well and succeed in everything they do, made me see things from a different perspective and made me realise that if you put your mind into doing something it is possible to make it happen.
Following on from completing successful A-Level courses and achieving high grade, I had then gone on to further education at university. I feel as though this has been one of the wisest decisions I had made. Prior to starting university I had applied for a disabled student allowance, which was put into place before I had stepped foot into the university institution. All the worries I had seemed to have all been sorted out for me in the form of; library support, one to one support, note taking support and specialised equipment which will aid my studies.
I am now enjoying university immensely and almost coming to an end of it. It is surreal how time flies as you approach the end, making it seem as if it was just yesterday that you had thought about going to university. I am making good progress and have had great marks throughout, as well as positive feedback from both student and the staff at university.
Overall, I have realised that being deaf has not in any way prevented me from successfully working towards completing a demanding degree course and further education qualifications. Far from being a disadvantage, this has increased my awareness of the needs of others and has increased my determination to succeed and to persevere when obstacles are placed in my path. It is essential that if you have a dream, to follow towards achieving that dream as you are the only person that can initiate that. The support is fantastic and you will be made to feel as though you do not have a disability and are fully able to achieve what you hope to achieve.
I would strongly advise all individuals with a disability, who hope to go to university to go ahead and study, without worrying about your disability. The end result is always worth it and you will have the time of your life as well as a sense of pride and achievement!
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