Challenges Faced by Higher Education Institutions in Including Students with HearingImpairment

Qurrat ul Ain Latif


Inclusion at higher education is a recent initiative of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. Students with hearing impairment after students with visual impairment were welcomed by several HEIs in Punjab. However, the case of students with hearing impairment emerged as very challenging because of limited communication between teacher and taught and ill preparedness of HEIs to accommodate these students. Several studies indicated that students with hearing impairmentface multipleproblems such as getting admission support, diversifiedlearning, social adjustment and modified assessment procedures. Similarly, there are very few opportunities available for higher education to students with hearing impairment as only limited number of institutes offer them admissions. This study was conductedto identify the various types of problems faced by students with hearing impairment in HEIs. For this purpose, survey method was used to collect data from 48 teachers and 246 students with hearing impairment studying in 10 different higher education institutes of Punjab. All teachers and students were included in the sample. Findings of study indicate that students with hearing impairment enrolled in various programs i.e. B.A, B.S, M.A and M.Phil.are facing problem in academics such as reading, writing, availability of interpreter, lack of adaptive study material, and inappropriate assessment system.
Key words: higher education, quality education, academic problems, students with hearing impairment.

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