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Achieving academic excellence in deaf learners: the influence of early exposure to rich language

Photo: The influence of early exposure to rich language

Our report Achieving academic excellence in deaf learners focuses on the ways which special education teachers in Kenya support the early language development needs of deaf children.

In partnership with VSO Kenya, the research revealed that many deaf children in Kenya have significant challenges learning to communicate and in some cases are delayed by as much as ten years in the development of their first language.

The study also found that teachers are unprepared to support deaf children and were confused about how to teach Kenyan Sign Language (KSL), compared to other languages. The research also provides recommendations which can support the Government of Kenya to fulfil its commitments to children with disabilities and help improve early year’s education for deaf children.

Achieving Academic Excellence in Deaf Learners