International Journal of Advances in Computer Science and Its Applications
Author(s) : AMINA ASIF SIDDIQUI, BISMAH SALMAN DADABHOY
The application of Information Technology is warranted in all aspects of life. This paper highlights the facilitation of speech and language acquisition and development in children having congenital bilateral profound sensorineural hearing impairment. A group of more than 150 bilingual children, aged 2-8 years benefitted from augmentative use of computer-based speech and language therapeutic techniques targeted towards development of linguistic abilities and literacy skills with input of information through the natural channels of hearing and vision. This led to their successful integration in mainstream society. The myriad of benefits allow us to conclude that Information Technology is an essential need of the day to inculcate both knowledge of the world, and skills to cope with challenges that individuals with hearing impairment face in today’s times. Hence, both teachers and students must employ computer literacy from the early school years.