An Assessment on the Awareness of Hiv! Aids Issues among the Deaf in Secondary School: a Case Study of Wakiso School of the Deaf

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Kampala International University. College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
The study was intended to conduct an assessment on the awareness of HIV/AIDS issues among the deaf students, a case study of Wakiso School of the deaf. The study was justified by the need to identif~’ and provide mechanisms of operation that can guide the behavior of deaf students to enable the control of HIV/AIDS amongst the deaf. The study explored the information pertaining the background of the study that gave an insight on the global, international, continental, county and local perspective of documented literature about the topic with the purpose of conducting an assessment on the awareness of HIV/ AIDS issues the study was guided by research objectives that included examining what the deaf students of Wakiso School of the deaf know about HIV/ AIDS, establishing the attitudes of the deaf students towards HIV/ AIDS and infected people and examining the role of teachers in HIV/ AIDS advocacy for the children. The research was conducted for a period of 2 months in Wakiso School of the deaf, located in central Uganda, Wakiso district, Kakyiri sub-county the study was significant as it identified the level of knowledge that the deaf students of wakiso have on HIV/ AIDS, established gaps that exist on HIV/ AIDS awareness in schools, providing information that was a basis of government intervention and academic award by the researcher. Data collection involved 60 respondents that included teachers, students and non teaching staffs who were engaged using a questionnaire, the study conducted involved use of qualitative and quantitative data approaches that identified some key emerging issues such as lack of timetable for HIV/AIDS education to deaf students because it isn’t incorporated in the curriculum. The key findings were that a reasonable number of respondents agreed that students get HIV/AIDS education though it was not often, parents too provide information and that there are various sources of information about HIV which the respondents contend are not reliable. This prompted the researcher to made the recommendations that included including HIV education in curriculum, including its teaching on school time table and sensitizing parents on the nature of HIV/AIDS that will enable them to inform their deaf children to ensure awareness about the scourge
A Research Report Submitted To the College Of Education Open, Distance and E- Learning as a Partial Requirement For The Award of Bachelor’s Degree in Special Needs Education of Kampala International University
HIV/AIDS, The deaf, Secondary Schools