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Challenges for deaf children in developing countries

Photo: Deaf young people face extra challenges

Deaf children and young people growing up in developing countries experience many challenges that must be addressed to support their inclusion. 

Early identification

Deafness often remains undiagnosed in children until they are older. This has implications for the development of their language and communication skills. Early detection of deafness is vital for deaf children to develop the language and communication skills needed to be fully included in all aspects of life.

What are the challenges for deaf children?

Isolation

Deaf children and young people often feel cut off from society and don’t understand their rights or how to access them. In many cases, a lack of accessible hearing assistive technology and trained sign language professionals makes it challenging to develop language and communication skills.

It is important to support deaf children and young people to develop their communication skills so that they feel less isolated and are able to participate fully in home, school and community life.

Stigma

Deaf children are often hidden away and excluded from family and community life which will impede their development. It is important to raise awareness of deafness in local communities so that deaf people can participate fully in society.

Education

Deaf children are less likely than their hearing counterparts to go to school or complete their education and this will have an impact on their future aspirations. It is important that deaf children are supported to access quality education so they have the opportunity to achieve.