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Technology can be such a leveller for hearing impaired students

Such has been technology’s advance to make quality delivery of learning

Empowering all students, that's what technology done right helps in classrooms or even outside of those for students of determination.
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In the evolving landscape of education, real-time insights revolutionize the learning journey for students of determination, particularly those with hearing impairments.

Around 1.5 billion individuals experience varying degrees of hearing impairment, with around 34 million being deaf children. Projected statistics indicate that by 2050, nearly 2.5 billion people will grapple with some form of hearing loss, emphasizing the urgency of addressing this growing global issue.

Educational disparities for deaf students

Traditional education often caters to the preferences of the average student, leaving individuals with disabilities, particularly deaf students, facing various challenges. These challenges range from obstacles like classroom acoustics to subtle needs such as social discomfort, curriculum disparities, and a lack of essential resources.

Harnessing technology for inclusivity

Technology emerges as a powerful tool to bridge accessibility gaps, prioritizing the academic achievements of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The World Federation of the Deaf advocates for inclusive education, emphasizing the importance of delivering high-quality education in national sign languages.

Integrating essential technologies into classrooms and overall student experiences is crucial for creating a supportive learning environment.


Remote sign language interpreters

In-person interpreters present challenges such as delays and logistical issues. Amsaan's solution involves real-time remote sign language interpreters accessible through mobile and tablet applications, providing a reliable and adaptable option.

This approach is particularly significant given the global shortage of interpreters, enabling educational institutions to be more flexible and accommodating, especially in regions like the US where there's a shortage of sign-language interpreters.

Educational equality

Prioritizing the education of deaf students aligns with the core principle of equal rights. The UAE, for instance, demonstrates a commitment to adopting tech solutions in education, fostering equal opportunities for students of all abilities through comprehensive policies.

Real-time Insights for inclusive learning

Technology, exemplified by Amsaan, plays a pivotal role in leveling the educational field for students with hearing disabilities. Real-time insights not only provide convenience but also address systemic challenges related to interpreter availability. This inclusive approach benefits not only deaf or hard-of-hearing students but enhances the learning experience for all.

Beyond classroom hours

Technology extends its impact beyond traditional classrooms, empowering deaf students to access educational support after regular hours. Remote sign language interpreters offer flexibility for continuous learning, addressing queries, seeking guidance, and collaborating remotely. This flexibility extends to higher education, allowing seamless participation in classes across institutions without logistical challenges.


Inclusive education

The commitment to advancing deaf education transcends technology, representing a broader goal of ensuring equal rights. Real-time insights facilitated by remote sign language interpreters mark a transformative era, fostering inclusivity and empowering all students in their learning experiences.

Technology companies, including Amsaan, advocate for the integration of technology and remote interpreting to create an inclusive educational environment, reshaping career opportunities for people of determination globally.

The integration of technology, real-time insights, and remote interpreting emerge as a beacon for inclusive education, ensuring that all students, irrespective of their abilities, can pursue their academic journeys unencumbered by communication barriers.

Vitalii Potapchuk,
The writer is co-founder of Amsaan Project