Graduate project

The two underlying conundrums : how the deaf feel about being deaf : how the deaf view deafness

The primary purpose of this project was to explore and document the affective domain of a cross-section of adults; and to inform parents and educators, and secondly to acquaint interested persons in the area of the deaf about how the deaf feel. Specifically, the reader will be acquainted with how the deaf feel, react and think about their childhood years, their teen-age years, their lives at present and at work. This project also includes quotes from various literature in psychological studies of the deaf, either reinforcing or contradicting with the findings of the eight samplings. A questionnaire-type of survey was conducted with 46 participants. With 50% of the participants, the interviewer was present and the rest checked the 62 statements according to their experiences, reactions and opinions. The findings indicated that parents need to be more sensitive to or more aware of the isolation the deaf child endures; the childhood years for the most part were not as frustrating as had been anticipated the majority of the deaf adults would rather be among their own kind, nearly all the professional deaf adults are too well-adjusted to their deafness that they chose the million dollar over a cure for their deafness were it possible whereas the grassroots felt otherwise, that the deaf a.re a. proud category of people who resent being misrepresented as misfits as the literary world continues to cast theme. As a result of the findings, several recommendations were made, all dealing with educating the public in hopes of changing their attitudes and there was one recommendation that the deaf be educated along similar lines. Thus, education in this vein is of paramount priority.

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