There are more than 125 million deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind people living in the world, making up one-fifth of the global population. However, there is still a lack of access to education for these groups, which can lead to social marginalization and poverty. We must advocate globally for better quality learning for deaf children.
Children who grow up with sign language as their primary form of communication are much more likely to succeed academically and socially in school. The first language of deaf children is sign language.
The sooner children receive an education, the better they can developmentally and socially. Deaf children are not educated early enough. There is a need for early intervention systems in developing countries to give deaf children a chance to learn in a school environment from the earliest possible age.
Studies have shown that once children learn how to read and write in sign language, it also helps improve their spoken English. This occurs because of the significant overlap between written and signed forms of the English language. Focusing on developing sign language literacy allows for a better chance of developing students’ English skills.
It is essential to integrate learning for deaf children into a regular classroom using sign language interpreters and deaf-friendly materials. This will allow them to be involved in their community in a natural way, thus reducing shame and social stigma.
Education for young deaf mothers
Only recently have women been encouraged to become educated and earn money rather than rely on their husband’s income. It should be considered an advantage if these women teach their children sign language at home rather than a disadvantage. Deaf women should also be encouraged to learn a trade rather than rely on men for their income.
Education for deaf-blind children
Despite having many of the exact needs that deaf children have, this population is often overlooked and left behind. Strategies should be determined to teach these children sign language and braille literacy if they do not already know it. They must also be given equal access to education facilities to reach their full potential, just like all other children.
Access to education for the deaf in large cities
There are still many large cities where most people are hearing, such as New York, London, and Paris. Deaf people in these places face a stigma and are not respected. They need access to schools where they can go to be educated in sign language and other deaf-friendly areas.
Advocating for the learning needs of deaf children requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses systemic barriers, promotes bilingualism, and fosters a positive attitude towards deafness and deaf culture. By working together, we can ensure that all deaf children have access to quality education and opportunities for success.