Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in India

Madan M. Vasishta

in Deaf around the World

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732548
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866359 | DOI:
Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in India

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Attention shifts to another developing country, India. The chapter highlights the two main problems hampering deaf rights: lack of appreciation of Deaf culture and lack of successful role models. Indians tend to hide their deaf children, so that only 5 percent attend school, with only 10 percent of those in programs designed to meet deaf needs. The rest struggle without interpreters or other support in regular programs. Few have hearing aids. Most arrive at school with no language and pick up Indian Sign Language from other children, since most teachers know little sign. There are no training programs for interpreters. To date, little research has been done on deaf communities or Indian Sign Language.

Keywords: Deaf activism; deaf rights; sign language linguistics; Indian Sign Language; deaf education; India; Deaf culture

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Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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