Graduate project

An analysis of significant factors related to the education and rehabilitation of the Mexican American deaf : a graduate project

Mexican Americans are both the oldest and newest minority group in the United States. Except for the Indians, colonial settlers coming from Mexico were the earliest inhabitants of what is now the United States. Yet, they can be termed a "newest minority" as it was not until the Presidential campaign of 1960 in which John F. Kennedy attempted to win their votes that this group received recognition. The Cabinet Committee Hearings on Mexican American Affairs in 1967 further enhanced this "current discovery." Mexican Americans began to discover themselves about the same time that the national leaders noticed their existence. T The impact of this recognition has had a profound effect on the State of California, particularly Los Angeles as it has the largest Spanish-surnamed population in the world in any city north of Mexico City. Lost or yet to be recognized among this population segment are the Mexican American Deaf. They are a minority within a minority group. Although there has been extensive research in the area of Mexican American problems by various scholars and disciplines since 1960, there has been only one study of the Mexican American Deaf which was conducted by Lydio Trujillo of the National Leadership training Program at California State University, Northridge, in 1972 and is the source of my decision for a different type of research of this project. Lest we forget the subjects at hand are the Mexican American Deaf and their situation.