Deaf People Essay

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The rights of Deaf people are often overlooked. Societal prejudices and barriers prevent Deaf people from enjoying full human rights. The major barrier is lack of recognition, acceptance and use of sign language in all areas of life as well as lack of respect for Deaf people’s cultural and linguistic identity. According to the World Federation of the Deaf (Human Rights - WFD), Most of the Deaf people do not get any education in developing countries and approximately 80 % of the world’s 70 million Deaf people do not have any access to education. Only about 1-2 % of the Deaf get education in sign language. Particularly situation of Deaf women and children is weak. Legal development and recognition of sign languages promotes Deaf people’s equal…show more content…
The civil rights movement of the 1960s used marches, sit-ins, and protests as tools for change. The civil rights movement inspired many minority groups, including the Deaf community, to press for greater self-determination and economic opportunity. As many Americans came to accept greater cultural diversity, deaf people began to explore more openly their cultural-linguistic identity and assert their right to access information. They stressed the need for interpreting services, film and television captioning, and telephone access…show more content…
Hundreds of protesters successfully challenged the decision by the university’s board of trustees to appoint a hearing president to lead the institution. At the time, Gallaudet had been in existence for 124 years, and, of the six presidents who had served since 1864, none were deaf. Not surprisingly, many people felt that it was long past time for a deaf person to be the chief administrator of the world’s only liberal arts university for deaf students. The protest, called Deaf President Now (DPN), was nothing less than a revolution. After a week of activities that garnered unprecedented media attention and captured the imagination of millions of people in the United States and around the world, the hearing president-designate resigned, as did the hearing chair of the board of trustees. The board then chose a deaf person to be Gallaudet’s president and, also for the first time, selected another deaf person to lead the university’s board of trustees.Within weeks of the DPN revolution at Gallaudet University, hearings began for the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Deaf people joined forces with the disability rights movement to push for passage 1990 civil rights law that would impact access to telecommunications, public events and interpreting services (Lewin,

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