• 39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18 - 22,2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

    The Premier AT Conference

38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

Technology Use by Hearing Impaired for Social Inclusion

Presently hearing-impaired adolescents are not alien to the world. The limitation in hearing reflects in their communication ability that impacts their personality including social skills. There are various methods to help them in developing their social skills. The use of ICT is one of the methods used for social inclusion. The central purpose of the study was to explore the use of various digital technological aids for the social inclusion of adolescents with hearing impairment in general society. A cross-section survey design was followed to gather data from a sample of 85 SWHI (both male and female) from graduate and post-graduate levels and their 50 teachers. Two structured questionnaires were developed; one for SWHI and the other for their teachers. Experts validated the instrument concerning content and construct validity. Cronbach alpha reliability of the instruments was .85. The collected data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study revealed that the use of digital devices has added great value in integrating SWHI in general society. However, the lack of availability of the latest technology has slowed down their inclusion. No significant difference has been found in the use of technology based on gender and academic grade of students. The study recommended the provision of the latest technology and teachers' training to use digital devices for teaching hearing-impaired students.  
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Session Summary (Abstract)
The session will enable you to understand the real situation of hearing impaired persons in Pakistan regarding digital technology and social inclusion. Attendee will get comparative view of technology skills of hearing impaired persons in Pakistan.  
Primary Topic
Deaf and Hard of Hearing  
Secondary Topics
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML)
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Session Type
General Track  


  • Samina Ashraf
    University of the Punjab

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