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Misconceptions of the Deaf: Giving voice to the voiceless


Terry, DR and Nguyen, QLHB and Malatzky, C, Misconceptions of the Deaf: Giving voice to the voiceless, Health, Culture and Society, 9-10 pp. 49-61. ISSN 2161-6590 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5195/hcs.2017.211


The Deaf usually do not see themselves as having a disability; however, discourses and social stereotyping continue to portray the Deaf rather negatively. These discourses may lead to misconceptions, prejudice and possibly discrimination. A study was conducted to identify the challenges members of the Deaf community experience accessing quality health care in a small Island state of Australia. Using a qualitative approach, semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with service providers and the Deaf community. Audist discourses of deafness as deficiency, disability and disease remain dominant in contemporary society and are inconsistency with the Deaf community’s own perception of their reality. Despite the dominant constructions of deafness and their affect on the Deaf’s experience of health service provision, many Deaf have developed skills, confidence and resilience to live in the hearing world. The Deaf were pushing back on discourses that construct deafness as a disempowering impairment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health, medical, deaf, misconceptions, assumptions
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:People with disability
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nguyen, QLHB (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
ID Code:124572
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2018-02-27
Last Modified:2018-07-24
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