The Effects Of Hearing On Children With Disabilities

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Christian Popoca According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities include those who have impairments that substantially limit a major life activity, have a history or record of a substantially limiting impairment, or are regarded as having a disability. Deaf people are limited in some functions because of an impairment of hearing. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports “deaf” individuals do not hear well enough to rely on their hearing to process speech and language; some individuals with mild to moderate hearing impairments may be “hard of hearing” but are not “deaf” (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). More than 20 million people in the United States identify themselves as…show more content…
Goffman’s (1963) understanding of stigma is the situation of persons who are unable to conform to standards that society calls normal. Thus, has led to Deafness being a label for disqualification to full social acceptance. This labelling entails a social judgment, with definition and meaning contested and liable to vary over time and between societies and cultures (Exploring Disability). Disabilities were seen as social problems as in a discrepancy between what is and what people think ought to be. This idea shifted away from a “medical model” to the idea of disability as a form of social deviance that focused on disability as a social status. In recent years, theorizing ideas such as the socio-political approach incorporate the understanding and priorities of disabled people. While “being deaf” is considered by most to be a disability, others within the Deaf population have different aspects of Deafness as simply being a member of a visual communication based community rather than being a “broken” member of the community. With hearing assistive technology helping bridge the communication gap for those with hearing loss and further technology allowing them to communicate, many of those in the Deaf community have come to accept themselves for the versions they are and simply found an alternate path through this journey of life. The most widely recognized
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