GLOKALde October 2023, ISSN 2148-7278 Volume: 9 Number: 2, Article 2
INFLUENCE OF SIGN LANGUAGE BASED CONTENT ON EDUCATION OF DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING LEARNERS OF NIOS IN ODL CONTEXT
This impact analysis study is done to understand Deaf and Hard-Of-Hearing learners' perspectives and opinions about learning contents in Indian Sign Language (ISL) medium and online videos, as well as their experience of a newly introduced secondary-level course by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), i.e., ISL as a language subject. For the first time in any part of the world, Indian Sign Language as a language subject is being offered in the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) context at the school level. The findings of the study are based on analysis of data collected using a survey tool. The survey was administered to the enrolled learners on NIOS at the secondary and senior secondary levels. The data analysis reveals a favorable impact of NIOS initiatives while using Indian Sign Language for the education of Deaf and Hard-Of-Hearing learners. It also posits that there is an emergent need to prepare and ensure the availability of learning content in ISL video format, particularly in topics related to science subjects. It also shows that a more job-oriented education, tailored to the present employment market, is also essential, as is hand-holding. There was also unanimous support for ISL to be introduced as a language course at the senior secondary level.