Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I believe that only a very small percent of deaf people currently possess doctorate degrees. Their degrees are in medical, literature, administrative and many other fields.
It is only with great determination that deaf professionals can overcome the barriers and hardships to attain a position of authority in a program. Often no matter how experienced or qualified the deaf professional is, the positions of authority go to non-deaf professionals. Some of the non-deaf professionals still believe in an oral only approach to communication or maybe a signed English approach for deaf children and want to eliminate ASL.
Honestly, the rest of the deaf community is proud of and supports its deaf friends that have overcome so much to reach a position of authority. Other deaf individuals look up to them as role models and begin to pursue their own dreams.
We need the deaf professionals to take over all the deaf secondary schools both private and public. Deaf professionals will provide the most appropriate educational and social programs for deaf students. Those non-deaf professionals that disagree and refuse to leave their positions of power in the deaf world should be encouraged to look for employment in the hearing world.
The internet has a list of several educational and vocational programs for the deaf. Here are a few:
Gallaudet University: It leads the world in undergraduate liberal arts education, career: renowned for its research on the history, language and culture of deaf people.
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) — Deaf Studies Department at CSUN has exceptionally skilled and dedicated faculty and staff.
National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is the first and largest technological college in the world for DHH students. NTID is a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Vocational/technical programs exist in many states as well as community colleges that cater to deaf students.
Of the Deaf People, By the Deaf People, For the Deaf People
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