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ERIC Number: EJ1180350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
ASL Is Just the Beginning: A Plea for Multicultural Deaf Education
English, Akilah
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v19 p44-48 2018
In recent years, deaf and hard of hearing people have raised awareness about the importance of providing early intervention, support, and resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, emphasizing the importance of using American Sign Language (ASL). With ASL, parents and educators can capitalize on the child's vision to ensure he or she is exposed fully to language and avoid the pitfalls inherent in early language deprivation. As the importance of using ASL to ensure an essential language foundation is recognized, it is also important to recognize that increasingly, deaf and hard of hearing students come from diverse ethnicities, cultures, and lifestyles. In recent years the numbers of students in schools for deaf and hard of hearing students who come from diverse ethnic groups has shot up exponentially. Five critical dimensions enable teachers to create a multicultural environment for deaf and hard of hearing students in every classroom or program: (1) multicultural content integration; (2) knowledge construction; (3) equity pedagogy; (4) prejudice reduction; and (5) an empowering school culture.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
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Language: English
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