Journal Article

Designing Deaf Babies and the Question of Disability

H-Dirksen L. Bauman

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 10, issue 3, pages 311-315
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online April 2005 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/eni031
Designing Deaf Babies and the Question of Disability

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This article explores the recent controversy surrounding a Deaf lesbian couple's deliberate attempt at finding a Deaf donor to increase their chances of having a d/Deaf baby. Many have criticized the Deaf couple for harming their child; Deaf advocates have responded that the couple's decision reflects a natural cultural desire. This article seeks to explore how the medical model of disability implicitly used on both sides of the debate has obscured important points. Once this controversy takes into consideration the social construction of disability, the ethical defense of seeking a deaf child gains further support. This leads to the ironic claim that seeking a deaf child could actually mitigate the conditions of disability within the family.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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