16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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2/28/2017  |   11:00 AM - 11:30 AM   |  Deaf Identity in a Nutshell   |  Hanover D

Deaf Identity in a Nutshell

Historically, the frequently seen assumption that Deaf individuals have a deficit relies heavily on the medical/pathological perspective that they need the ability to hear in order to function productively in today’s hearing society. Looking at identity from a sociocultural perspective provides an alternative view since Deaf individuals often embrace it themselves. The argument being made is that the development of a strong Deaf identity is important to one’s well-being and success. This presentation explores how a strong Deaf identity impacts cognitive, language, and social-emotional development of Deaf individuals. More specifically, here the view focuses on how Deaf individuals can develop a strong Deaf identity, which includes American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf culture, and strong positive social-emotional development. It is proposed that exposure to ASL and Deaf culture is the foundation for a secure and positive Deaf identity, supporting linguistic and social-emotional development. These findings provide a clearer understanding of how Deaf identity emerges. Implications and future research are also discussed.

  • identify different issues related to Deaf identity during social-emotional development
  • explain the importance of self confidence and self esteem as a Deaf individual
  • apply key concepts of a strong identity development to foster positive well being

Presentation:
15804_5668HeidiMacGlaughlin.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5668.rtf


Presenters/Authors

Heidi MacGlaughlin (), Lamar University, hmacglaughli@lamar.edu;
Heidi M. MacGlaughlin is currently a doctoral candidate in the Deaf Studies Deaf Education Department at Lamar University. Her research interests center on language and literacy among young Deaf children. She works as a supervisor in field experience in the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education department at Lamar University. She also teaches ASL online course through Lamar University. Heidi also directs her research on the topics of research ethics within Deaf communities and social justice.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Ju-Lee A. Wolsey (), Lamar University, jwolsey@lamar.edu;
Ju-Lee is a doctoral student in the Deaf Studies Deaf Education department at Lamar University. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she earned a BS in Psychology from Madonna University, a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from Bowling Green State University, and another Master's degree in Professional Studies with concentrations in Human Resource Development and Project Management from RIT. Ju-Lee has worked with Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard-of-hearing children and adults in private and public sectors in schools and the community. She has multiple research interests that include counseling, accessibility, advocacy, mentoring, training, community outreach, socio-emotional development, language acquisition, language development, and ASL/English bilingualism.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


David Meek (), Lamar University, dmeek1@lamar.edu;
David R. Meek is a doctoral student in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (DSDE) at Lamar University.  Prior to David’s doctoral work at Lamar, he received a Bachelor of Science in Deaf Education and a Master of Arts in Mild Intervention from Ball State University.  David has twelve years of experience as a teacher in both Deaf Education and Special Education, working with students with various degrees of disabilities.  He most recently taught at Indiana School for the Deaf working with students with additional disabilities. David currently works as a Field Experience Supervisor and ASL Instructor in DSDE at Lamar University.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.