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Deafness and Community, Representations of Cultural Resistance

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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With availability of medical interventions like cochlear implants to treat deafness, health professionals caring for deaf persons or helping families make reproductive choices about deafness (as in prenatal genetic screening) tend to work from biomedical rather than cultural understandings of deafness. Deaf Americans have produced a fascinating literary corpus over the last 200 years, both writing in English and creating stories and poems in American Sign Language. Similarly, the work of deaf visual artists illustrates powerfully how deafness may be construed as visual and conceptual gain rather than as hearing loss. These expressions of deaf culture also respond to the pathologization and medicalization of deafness in our society, resist the majority's assumptions and norms, and argue for the value of the deaf community and sign. This Medical center hour explores deaf literature and visual art to suggest that a deeper understanding of deaf culture can help health professionals to provide better care and counsel, medically and ethically speaking, to deaf patients and their families. Co-presented with the Department of English and the History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series, UVA
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Krentz, Christopher
Garden, Rebecca Elizabeth
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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