Literacy development starts with language acquisition during early childhood. While hearing children use the sound of spoken language to read, for deaf and hard-of-hearing children a different teaching approach is needed. Like literacy, numeracy development can also be challenging for deaf and hard-of-hearing learners.
Access to language
Early and consistent access to a language will benefit the literacy and numeracy development of any child. While hearing children acquire (spoken) language skills at home through direct and incidental learning at an early age, deaf and hard-of-hearing children only begin to learn (signed) language at school, resulting in a delay in reading comprehension. Kentalis International Foundation is committed to sharing the expertise from the Kentalis organization with developing countries on how to support the literacy and numeracy development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
We focus on:
- Developing teaching materials for primary and secondary education, based on best practices and research at Kentalis. Click here to view our resources.
- Providing professionals in primary education with monitoring lists to measure early sign language development.
- Supporting the development of accessible local sign language storybooks for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at home.