ERIC Number: ED395405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Deaf Culture's Impact on Educational Programs for the Deaf in Australia.
This paper discusses recent trends in provision of educational programs and services reflecting the Deaf community's recognition in Australia as a linguistic and cultural minority, focusing on the Bilingual/Bicultural program of the Thomas Pattison School in Sydney (Australia). The history of Deaf culture, language, and education in Australia and the world at large is traced, leading up to the Deaf Pride movement. Education of Deaf students in light of the recognition of Deafness as a culture is examined, with a special focus on the challenges of providing multilingual education in signed English, American Sign Language, or Auslan. Incorporation of aspects of Deaf Culture into classroom teaching activities is described, incuding Deaf role models, Deaf history, and Deaf sports opportunities. Programs being developed in adult education centers and Deaf Studies courses at major universities, that enable Deaf people to feel an identification and sense of community are noted. (Contains 17 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (74th, Orlando, FL, April 1-5, 1996).