AN ASSESSMENT OF MEDIA ACCESS AND USAGE AMONG VISUAL AND HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENTS

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AN ASSESSMENT OF MEDIA ACCESS AND USAGE AMONG VISUAL AND HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENTS

ALABI, Oluwole Folaranmi
Department of Communication & Media, Faculty of Social Sciences,
Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State
of.alabi@acu.edu.ng


Abstract The study employed survey research approach to study all students of the Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, Oyo state, Nigeria with visual and hearing impairments. There are about 7000 full time and part time students in the school. Out of the entire student population, there are 171 visually handicapped students and 190 hearing impaired students. Purposive sampling was used to select 100 (59 hearing impaired and 41 visually impaired) students. An interview schedule was employed to generate information from the respondents. The research instrument was administered on the respondents for a period of two weeks. Data generated were analyzed with simple descriptive statistics of frequency count and percentage, and results presented in tables and figures. Findings show that people living with visual and hearing impairment have access to different media and use media differently based on their nature of impairment. The study therefore recommends that governments at all levels should take advantage of this by making digital interactive media devices affordable to this group of people while educators should creatively employ these media in their pedagogical practice to impart knowledge to this group of students.. Key words: Media, Media- use, Visual- impairment, Hearing- impairment, Impaired Students
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