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Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China

Jun Hui Yang

in Deaf around the World

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732548
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866359 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0021
Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China

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In the Chinese social situation, heath care, education, and employment are consistent family concerns. While 80 percent of deaf children receive an education now, many do not use standardized Chinese Sign Language and have little exposure to deaf adult role models. Although charities and international organizations help some deaf children receive assistive technology and training, most go without. A major goal of the Chinese Disabled People Foundation is to get deaf children placed in local regular schools (not in bilingual-bicultural schools) with rehabilitation and vocational support. On the other hand, recent media attention has led to sign courses in universities, and a Deaf Pride movement has begun, so Deaf culture is now valued, and there are some new bilingual-bicultural schools.

Keywords: Deaf activism; deaf rights; sign language linguistics; Chinese Sign Language; deaf education; China; Deaf pride; Deaf culture

Chapter.  4967 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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