Hille van Gelder is a linguist and researcher at Kentalis. After completing her master's degree in Linguistics, she’s been working at Kentalis since 2015. Her projects focus on, among other things, the inventory and analysis of processes of reading and language development of deaf / hard-of-hearing people, from children to adults. Her aim is optimization of reading education and increasing reading skills of DHH people.
In 2018 Wauters et al. have studied the reading performance of 80 DHH adults in the Netherlands. This study resulted in the proposal of three reading profiles: weak readers, superficial readers, and comprehending readers. Almost two thirds of the research group was found to be functionally illiterate. In this study the weak and superficial readers scored at or below the expected level at the end of primary education. Because literacy is crucial to be able to participate in society, we must focus on improving DHH students’ reading skills to prepare them for full participation in society. In this presentation we will provide information about the characteristics of the reading skills of DHH adolescents and adults. In addition, we will discuss implications for reading interventions for the group of struggling readers.