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12-2019

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Abstract

Students with visual impairments turned out to be heavy internet user. They had the ability to use digital media such as smartphone and computer. They used it with the help of a screen reader on the device. Changing in communication pattern in blind children also occurs in the educational environment, especially in the learning process that has shifted not only to the use of traditional media and learning method based on printed material, but also to the use of communication technology based on digital media. Therefore, digital literacy is needed by students with visual impairments. Digital literacy is the ability to search for information and evaluate its credibility to create creative content. The purpose of this study was to determine the use of the internet through digital media and digital literacy of adolescent students with visual impairments, namely, blind and low vision students, in Indonesia by using the technological, cognitive and socio emotional dimensions. This study used a quantitative approach by taking a sample of 39 blind students who have blindness and low vision at Public Special School A Bandung City, Indonesia. The results of this study were that the digital literacy of students with visual impairments is quite good, especially regarding the understanding of responsible and polite behavior in communicating in the digital space. There were also a number of students who were able to use this digital media to create creative contents, such as tutorials, which were later uploaded on the YouTube channel.

Keywords: Digital literation, Student with visual impairments, Communication technology, Internet.

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