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Deaf Education Beyond the Western WorldContext, Challenges, and Prospects$
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Harry Knoors, Maria Brons, and Marc Marschark

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190880514

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190880514.001.0001

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Deaf Education in India

Deaf Education in India

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Deaf Education Beyond the Western World

Kalyani Mandke

Prerna Chandekar

Oxford University Press

Given that India is a multicultural and multilingual country, there have always been challenges in educating the deaf. After independence, many legislative policies were put forth for the rights of the disabled, but the country’s fast-growing population made it difficult to cope with the demand. In the current scenario, the government of India and many nongovernmental organizations have partnered to overcome this challenge. There is more research being done in the field, and many methods of communication and educational approaches that were previously suppressed, like sign language and bilingualism, have been brought forth. Further developments in this arena are being made. This chapter throws light on the past, present, and future of education of the deaf and hard of hearing in India, the challenges that remain, and the prospects that we envisage.

Keywords:   rights for persons with disability, deaf education, inclusive education, Indian Sign Language, bilingualism, India

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