How Digital Technology Is Increasing Accessibility for Deaf Language Learners in Two USAID-Supported Schools in Jordan
Case Study Paper
There are several challenges impacting the education system's ability in Jordan to adequately respond to the needs of learners with disabilities. As a result of the environmental, educational, and behavioral barriers, only 2 percent of learners with disabilities are receiving education services in Jordan.
This case study examines how two schools in Jordan have integrated information and communication technology (ICT) equipment into teaching deaf language learners. The following research questions assessed whether the schools’ new ICT equipment improved education outcomes among learners with hearing disabilities:
- Are we equipping the schools with the technology necessary to help deaf learners gain equitable access to education through Jordanian Sign Language?
- To what extent are teachers trained on using ICT in classrooms?
- What ICT equipment is available and how is it utilized?
Findings show that the two schools Al Amal Zarqa and Al Amal Aqaba have had a significant impact on deaf learners, their parents, and the local community. These schools improved learners’ attendance, participation, and completion rates, as well as their learning outcomes.