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Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Skiing if Deaf or with a Hearing Impairment

Ski 2 Freedom welcomes the opportunity of sharing information about the mountains and skiing for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We understand how important it is to have a ski instructor who can communicate with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing so that they can enjoy skiing or snowboarding. Ski 2 Freedom would like to encourage anyone who has any information on ski schools or resorts that offer instruction in sign language or other recognised ways of communication. Please do get in touch with us so that we can share this information.

Nous savons tous qu'il est important d'avoir un moniteur de ski capable de communiquer avec une personne sourde ou mal entendante afin que cette dernière puisse profiter pleinement de la pratique du ski ou du snowboard. Ski 2 Freedom voudrait mettre en avant les stations qui proposent un enseignement dans la langue des signes ou tout autre moyen de communication.

Merci de nous contacter si vous avez des informations qui pourrait intéresser les personnes sourdes ou mal entendantes.

We have a small but expanding number of contacts and organisations which offer activities or insights into mountain and winter sports.

Ski 2 Freedom is sorry but at the present moment we are unable to offer fully operational induction loops but if you send an email we will be delighted to help with your request.

Ski Lessons

Your initial enquiry to the ski school should include as much background information on the skier as possible. Discussing in detail the skier’s specific needs and condition(s) is VITAL to ensure both the ski school and you know what is going to happen and to ensure you are matched with the right ski instructor and/or equipment. This may include a discussion about other associated health and social needs such as epilepsy, asthma, communication and social awareness skills and any recent medical developments.

Equipment and Clothing

Many of the ski schools have a good idea of what is required especially when it comes to equipment and clothing, in particular the ski boots. Do ensure that you ask the ski school if they can recommend a ski hire shop for such items.

Where the action is: Ski Schools for those with deafness or a hearing impairment

As there are over 150 Ski schools in France alone with experience in disabled and adaptive skiing tuition, it is more than likely that whichever resort you choose there will be someone who will be able to help you. However, going somewhere where skiers with a similar condition have gone before, may well be a source of comfort and reassurance. We are delighted to be able to list below all of those schools, of which we have personal experience.

United Kingdom

Snowbility based at the Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, UK - great experience and also has two totally deaf ski instructors to help encourage others with a hearing impairment.

Learn to ski with confidence with Snowbility based at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, UK - read more.

www.snowbility.co.uk

France:

ESF Meribel Evolution 2- Tignes (No clients as yet but some instructors have recently undertaken a course)

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