Topic Area

Deaf Community

Chair: Jennifer H. Tarnay, Center on Disability Studies at UH Mānoa

Co-Chair: Rosalind Kia, Center on Disability Studies at UH Mānoa

Keywords for "Deaf Community": most notably community, Deaf, aloha, deaf-blind, communication, language, koda

Overview

The Deaf Community topic area for the 2021 Pacific Rim Conference will concentrate on interests and issues, of and for, the deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind communities. Recognizing the diversity of these communities, this gathering is an opportunity for educators, researchers, service providers, community members, allies, and other stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds to come together to share experiences, research, and pedagogical practices pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the area of Deaf community. We invite topics on advocacy, American Sign Language, communication access, education, employment and entrepreneurship, language and culture, independent living, legal rights and issues, interpreting, inclusion and intersectionality, and family support.

Guiding Questions

  • What are the most important interests and issues in the deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind communities and how can we best work to address them? Thematic Issues: 
      • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
      • Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
      • Collaboration between all stakeholders (e.g., medical vs. cultural perspective)
      • Family Support and Involvement
      • Expectation
      • Lack of Understanding/Knowledge (from outside and inside deaf communities)
      • Access to Communication and Language Modalities
      • Access to Technology
      • Literacy
      • Policy and Legislation
      • Qualified Service Professionals/Providers
      • Resources (e.g., interpreters, technological services, therapies etc.)
      • Social Concerns (e.g., life experiences, self-esteem, confidence, self-acceptance, self-advocacy, peer interaction, mentors, and role models)
  • What are some cutting edge and/or innovative experiences, research, and pedagogical practices pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the area of Deaf community
  • What are the roles of educators, researchers, service providers, community members, allies, and other stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds in these conversations?