The Use of Information Communication Technologies among Students with Visual impairment: an exploratory study

Humara Bano, Maria Sohail Qureshi


Children with disabilities are given equal rights for information accessibility as mentioned in the Convention on the Rights of Person with Disability. The study aimed to explore the actual role of information communication technologies in imparting information to students with visual impairment. For this the data was collected from 41 male and female students with visual impairment using android mobiles, computer/laptop or using internet facilities at libraries of their academic institutions. It involves quantitative data gathering techniques following snowball sampling procedure. Findings indicates that:(a) mobile has been identified as a best source to access information to enhance literacy among students (females) with visual impairment followed by Laptop/Desktop Computer and web browsing respectively (b) girls are using information communication technologies more effectively for their digital literacy as compared to male students with visual impairment and c) girls are facing more constraints in accessing information as compared to male students with visual impairment. The effort made by this study is helpful to develop awareness among the stake holders of the field and particularly to sensitize the heads of teaching institutions and government to enhance the provision of more computer labs with internet browsing services to enhance digital literacy among students with visual impairment.

Key words: Information, accessibility, Information Communication Technology, visual impairment

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