Facts

As per World Health Organisation’s fact sheet1, 5% of the world population that comprises of 360 million people worldwide have hearing loss disabilities. Of these numbers, 32 million are children! The prevalence in this age group is greatest in Asia Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of people with disabled hearing live in low and middle-income countries. Survival is of utmost importance for the population in developing countries thus education for the disabled is of least priority. There has been no major revolution in deaf education in this part of the world and the focus needs to be more tuned towards bettering lives of the masses, and providing basic needs to the people.

Amongst the ever-growing population in the developing countries, the biggest challenge for the officials running the country is to provide for the necessity in quantity and additional focus towards improving the quality of their services. Amongst all these things, education for the disabled isn’t their immediate priority. With help of HNIs, Corporates, and social development agencies the specially-abled population have started reaping the benefits by receiving facilities for basic education. However, this is currently limited to only schooling, with India having the largest youngest population demographic globally, the need for higher education is of urgent and dire requirement to reach out to the students.

1. WHO Report updated February 2017