Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Introduction

Literacy development is a common struggle for deaf and hard of hearing students. A large portion of these students do not benefit from the phonics instruction many hearing students receive. This lack of phonemic awareness produces great difficulty for many deaf and hard of hearing students when learning to read and write. There are numerous technologies that exist to assist students in literacy development, and I have had experience with a small selection of these programs. However, the majority of these programs are designed for hearing students and often rely on the learner being able to hear a computer voice recorder. I am interested in researching and learning about technologies that have been, and are currently, successful in assisting deaf and hard of hearing students in literacy development. Does such technology exist, and if so, does it show significant gains in the literacy development of deaf and hard of hearing students?

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