2009 - Vol. 3 Num. 1  
Inclusion of deaf people, as ethnic group, in the educational systems
  Ruth Claros-Kartchner

The literature on deaf education portrays numerous examples that demonstrate how, for a long time, Deaf people have been misunderstood by the hearing society. Even though in recent years they have clearly articulated that they have their own language and culture (Carty, 1994; Kannapell, 1994; Ladd, 1994; Padden, 2003), often the decisions about language use in their education are made by hearing people who don’t share their vision. More recently, the integration movement has touched deaf education as well. There are positive points for the Deaf community, and also negative points in the way education is sometimes carried out. In this work, I will clarify and re-define some terms I consider important in demonstrating that the Deaf are an ethnic group with very special traits. These concepts can help us understand their past and present and improve their future, especially in the area of education. Then I will articulate what I consider a true model of inclusion for the Deaf and share the plan developed by the Special Education Team at the Ministry of Education in Chile.

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Deaf people, ethnic group, inclusion.

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Claros-Kartchner, R. (2009). La inclusión de las personas sordas, como grupo étnico, en los sistemas educativos. Revista Latinoamericana de Educación Inclusiva, 3(1), pp. 63-75.
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