Technological Interventions for Deaf Education (TIDE) as an Enabling Mechanism for Addressing Learning Needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Learners: A Case of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in India

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2022-09
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Mahapatra, Sukanta Kumar
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Inspiring Innovations // In recent decades, consistent efforts were made for ensuring development of an inclusive education system at all levels, where children and adult with disabilities, including Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) learners get adequate support and various general and specific provisions to develop academically and socially. However, in spite of great efforts, poverty, combined with stigma, discrimination and the inbuilt structural disadvantage for deaf children at the school level around the failure of educational institutions to provide an enabling environment conducive to successful first language acquisition that is in Indian Sign Language (ISL) largely influence educational marginalisation Of DHH learners. Marginalisation is also experienced by such learners due to very limited use of ISL in curriculum and transaction and further, lack of adequate ISL teachers and prevailing prejudice among parents and community. Underlying the challenges, the paper aims to discuss how National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), India has streamlined it’s curriculum and delivery mechanism through use of ISL based content to address the learning needs of DHH learners. The paper, further, attempts to highlight how various cost-effective media and technological interventions were made towards addressing digital divide and reaching to DHH learners across the country, even learners at the remote locations. // Paper ID 3535
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Indian Sign Language, Deaf and hard of hearing, Media and Technology, Open Schooling
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India
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Asia
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