The Influence of Media Literacy on the Social Integration of Children with Disabilities

Volume 3 | No 1 | June 2024
Marija Davchevska
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Media literacy plays a major role in the process of social integration of children with disabilities, enabling them to engage in the community according to their needs, interests, and opportunities. In many cases, these children can feel isolated or excluded from society because of their disabilities. Media literacy can provide them with access to information, communication with others, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and experiences. The purpose of this research is to gain a more detailed understanding of the impact media literacy has on social integration among children with disabilities and to identify opportunities to improve their access to media literacy and social integration. The research is based on a survey questionnaire used as a data collection method from 15 parents of children with disabilities and 15 teachers. Methodology: The survey contains questions that explore the frequency of media use, the impact of media literacy on social integration, participation in activities through the lens of media literacy, challenges, and resources in using media literacy, as well as recommendations for improving access to media literacy for children with disabilities. Results and conclusions: The results showed that the implementation of media literacy can significantly improve the social integration of children with disabilities, by providing access to information, communication with the environment, and the opportunity to participate in various activities. Based on the obtained results, recommendations are provided for the development of programs and interventions aimed at supporting these children in society.

Keywords: media literacy, children with disabilities, social integration