Journal Article

Some Ethical Dimensions of Cochlear Implantation for Deaf Children and Their Families

Merv Hyde and Des Power

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 11, issue 1, pages 102-111
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enj009
Some Ethical Dimensions of Cochlear Implantation for Deaf Children and Their Families

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A major source of controversy between Deaf people and those who support a “social/cultural” view of Deafness as “a life to be lived” and those who see deafness within a “medical model” as a “condition to be cured” has been over the cochlear implantation of young deaf children. Recent research has shown that there are noticeable inequities in access to such procedures in western countries; inequities that give rise to the need for informed public policy discussions. It has also found that parents of newly diagnosed deaf children are not provided with access to all the possibilities for their children—including that of a “Deaf life.” How this information can be provided to parents and the public via widespread discussions in the media and elsewhere and involving Deaf people in the implantation counseling process is an issue that needs to be addressed by those responsible for implantation programs.

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

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