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<<Biblioteca Digital del Portal<<La Educación<<La Educación (120) I, 1995 <<Artículo
La Educación
Número: (120) I
Año: 1995


In this article, the authors consider the perspective from which deafness is viewed important because the way we think about it affects our approach to deaf people. We may treat them either as people who are ill or as people who differ from the general populace. The latter is the position adopted by this article and by the majority of early deafened people. The authors expound upon the concept of the “Deaf Community”—a social entity and culture which exists within and alongside our larger society and serves as an excellent model of a self-help society. The article addresses the theory of developing the deaf community and how the theory is put into practice by integration, cochlear implants, and telecommunications. The authors recommend the self-help society model of deafness as a more productive approach to special education and rehabilitation because it acknowledges what the Deaf Community has created on its own. This type of recognition can enhance education’s contributions not only to deaf people but to society at large.