A Case Study on Information and Communication Technology in Empowering the Visually Challenged Women in Inclusive Eduction

  • R Naneetha PhD Research Scholar, Communication and Media Studies Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • M Srihari Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: ICT, Inclusive education, Social, Communication, Empowerment

Abstract

Brigham Young posits that ‘If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but you educate a woman, you educate a nation. Even now, educating a woman is challenging in cultural practices dominated by values and beliefs in the social system. Women in developing countries face significant barriers in accessing education, whereas gender inequality in communities, society, and the workplace hinders economic and social development. Education as a means of empowerment of women can bring changes socially, economically, and politically. An American author, Helen Keller, says that ‘Education cannot be created with ease, only through the experience of trial and sufferings it can be strengthened, inspired and achieved. Women with visual impairment are still receiving less schooling, denied social acceptance, and lack of access to information also became an impediment added to their woes. Perhaps, ICT has changed visually impaired women’s lives by giving them access to mainstream and trying to be independent financially and socially.

Furthermore, ICT has allowed visually impaired women in accessing braille materials, operating assistive devices and applications that build confidence, recognition, self-expression, and acquire knowledge. This study explores how inclusive education creates an opportunity for visually impaired women in overcoming societal stigma by achieving personal, social, emotional, and academic goals. ICT in education plays an essential role in developing women and facilitates empowerment, calibrated to a new order of society’s structure and functions.

Published
2021-09-01
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Naneetha, R., & Srihari, M. (2021). A Case Study on Information and Communication Technology in Empowering the Visually Challenged Women in Inclusive Eduction. Shanlax International Journal of Education, 9(4), 374-381. https://doi.org/10.34293/education.v9i4.4208
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