Deaf Education in the Global South

Teresa Quail, Joy Rosenberg, Fred Marinus, Chris Kubwimana

Deaf Education in the Global South

This MESHGuide has been written for teachers and professionals in deaf education, professionals in special needs, audiologists, non-government-organisations (NGO), parents, trainers, headteachers in developing countries (also known as the Global South), trustees of charities and NGO groups supporting deaf education and teacher-training institutes in developing countries.

It has been designed to cover a range of aspects associated with deaf education in low and middle income countries (also known as the Global South). It aims to provide all individuals interested in deaf education provision in low and middle income countries with research and case studies, when possible, that can be conducted by peers from developing countries. This will raise the profile of professional colleagues in these areas and develop a ‘lived experience’ perspective in addition to studies from researchers outside of the country. It is intended to support and develop a literature base and network across a diversity range of countries. 

We hope the content of this MESHGuide will empower 'grass-root' practitioners in deaf education to share their examples of good practice in the form of case studies. Provision of resources varies within developing countries, therefore this resource may provide evidence/research links specific to different developing countries and aims to:

A. inform strategies for inclusion,

B. update inclusion of deaf learners in mainstream schools, 

C.  share good practice examples of multi-agency partnership, vocational training provision, speech therapy input, preparation for adulthood

D. highlight considerations regarding modification in curriculae to meet the needs of sign-dependent learners, audiological needs in some deaf learners education, early years education and transition into adulthood

E. update progress regarding aetiology testing in developing countries

F. suggest new approaches linked to progressing academic skills of deaf learners in mainstream and schools for the deaf and cultural competence. 


This guide is one in a series of Deaf Education MESHGuides.