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Deaf Nigerian Children: Need for early diagnosis, more research

Authors believe screening programs should diagnose deaf Nigerian children earlier. They also want more research on Nigerian sign language.
Two students are sitting on top of their desks so that they can face each other. They are both looking toward the teacher who stands in between them. One child is moving his hands. A blackboard is on the wall behind the teacher.

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Deaf Nigerian children start school later than other children. Researchers say this is because there is no early intervention program to reach them. In response, they believe screening programs need to diagnose at an earlier age. Researchers also analyzed the sign language in Abuja and Imo, Nigeria. Both American Sign Language and Ghanaian Sign Language influence Nigerian Sign Language. In consequence, the authors suggest researching school signs among deaf Nigerian children. They also suggest researching the culture of Nigerian deaf communities.

The authors published this article in SAGE Open in 2018. The authors are Emmanuel Ihechi Asonye, Ezinne Emma-Asonye, and Mary Edward. The web page has some accessibility barriers for people using screen reading software. For example, some forms do not have labels. Also, some images do not use alternative tags to describe them.

The article is also available in PDF format. The PDF file is partly accessible . But it does not use bookmarks. The article is also available in ePub format. We could not assess if this is accessible for people using screen reading software.

Also explore other academic literature about deaf people in Nigeria, Africa.

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