ERIC Number: EJ940279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 18
In Their Own Words: Researching Stories about the Lives of Deaf People of Color
Anderson, Glenn B.; Miller, Katrina R.
Multicultural Perspectives, v6 n2 p28-33 2004
As a group, deaf students attending elementary and secondary schools are more diverse and multicultural than the general school-age population. The purpose of this study is to provide deaf students of color with information about positive role models and success stories relevant to their own ethnic cultures as well as the mainstream deaf and hearing cultures. By collecting and analyzing stories about deaf people of color, the authors attempt to identify common threads or experiences shared by the diverse groups that comprise the community. One common thread is the experience of interacting in multiple cultures--one's own hearing racial or ethnic group, one's deaf racial or ethnic group, the mainstream deaf community, and the mainstream, predominately White, hearing community. Based on the documentation of these interactions, deaf people of color share similar experiences with overcoming obstacles to educational opportunity, key figures or role models who influenced their life choices, childhood and family interactions, and in dealing with stereotypes, cultural conflicts, and discrimination.
Descriptors: Role Models, Ethnic Groups, Deafness, Educational Opportunities, Minority Groups, Success, Personal Narratives, Cultural Influences, Stereotypes, Social Bias, Social Discrimination
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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