Celebrating Deaf Awareness week - Hearing impairments no barrier to success for talented twins

Celebrating Deaf Awareness week - Hearing impairments no barrier to success for talented twins

When hearing impaired Ahmed Darouache arrived at the Trafford College Group he had yet to take a GCSE exam, but the star student progressed rapidly through the ranks to gain triple starred distinctions in BTEC Engineering and an A in A Level maths.

Accessing education has not been without its challenges for Ahmed, who went to several different schools before settling into TCG’s Foundation Learning environment in 2015 to study an Entry Level 3 IT course.

Ahmed quickly moved on to take a wider range of GCSEs, after proving himself in maths and English, and the 22-year-old was accepted onto BTEC Engineering two years ago which he chose to complement by studying A Level maths.

Ahmed from Old Trafford said: “Living with a hearing impairment is difficult and I’ve experienced bullying in the past, but I can’t thank the support staff and tutors at Trafford College enough for treating me like an adult and going to great lengths to help me access what I needed to learn. I was overwhelmed by my A Level results. My A Level is the first A I have ever got in my life!”

The star student is the second member of his family to leave the Trafford College Group with flying colours after twin sister Youssra, who also has a hearing impairment, collected triple starred distinctions for BTEC Health and Social Care last year.

With Youssra now at Liverpool Hope University studying Education and Special Educational Needs, Ahmed chose to study a degree in the same city, reading architecture.

Ahmed added: “It’s an amazing feeling knowing both of us have got so far with the additional learning needs and hearing difficulties we have. I’d definitely recommend studying at Trafford College to anyone in the same position as us.”

During their schooling the twins used a mixture of lip reading combined with hearing aids, which included the use of transmitters worn by tutors at TCG, as well as a lot of self study.

Assistant Principal at the Trafford College Group Helen Wood said: “Ahmed goes to show what can be achieved with the opportunities and support Trafford College’s excellent teaching and learning environment provides.

“Ahmed is a shining example of what can be achieved when BTECs and A-Levels are combined, and we are delighted we have been able to help make Ahmed’s and Youssra’s dreams possible to go on to university. We wish them both all the very best in the future.”