Deafness

805 WordsJul 11, 20184 Pages
As a group we all learned about the positive and negatives of what is offered for people who are dealing with deafness/ hard of hearing in the San Diego County. For starters, Deaf people are members of a small and close-knit community. The shared sense of community brings deaf people together in ways that are enriching and rewarding. For example, because many deaf people have friends across the country, they are avid travelers. Often they travel for activities such as the National Association of the Deaf conference, deaf softball and basketball games, and other well-attended events. Rare is there a deaf person who hasn't left his or her state. Just as there are deaf people all over the world, there are international clubs and events as…show more content…
We were surprised to learn that as educators and service providers work to improve their understanding of multicultural issues and their own intercultural competence, their courses, text-books and even life experiences, do not often include or recognize the American Deaf communi-ty as a distinct linguistic and cultural group. For the deaf individual this means, unfortunately, that every time they engage in a service system, the chances are high that they will encounter a complete novice who has no experience working with the deaf and no understanding of the com-plex communication and identity issues that pervade the “Deaf-World”. Furthermore, the chances are good that the hearing professional will hold a “pathological” or “disability” view of deafness, as opposed to a “cultural view”, which is how deaf people view themselves. Mami was surprised to learn that there are deaf people with multiple disabilities. They have several disabili-ties, such as mental retardation, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, visual impairments with hearing loss. This is why we need to create a team to create the appropriate education plan for deaf children with multiple disabilities, which consist of parents, teachers, support personnel, etc. Not only must health care providers, social service providers, and the educational system
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