Conference explores Deaf identity and genetics – Remark! Deaf News – Video

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Conference explores Deaf identity and genetics – Remark! Deaf News
Remark! Deaf News – The best BSL Deaf News, presented in British Sign Language ( BSL ), for the latest Deaf news go to www.remark.uk.com 21st December 2011 Conference explores Deaf identity and genetics Last weekend, Bristol #39;s Centre for Deaf Studies hosted a conference that marked the end of a two year project focusing on genetics and the concept of Deafhood. Deafhood is a culturo-linguistic model that refers to the beliefs and practices of the Deaf community and people who use sign language, as well as their language, culture and history. The concept of Deafhood is the opposite of what is known as the #39;medical model #39; of deafness; that deafness is essentially something that should be fixed. The conference, called #39;Sleepwalking into Eugenics #39; arrived in the midst of a range of developments in deafness research, such as the stem cell treatment that has #39;cured #39; deafness in gerbils, that signals the possibility of deafness being #39;cured #39; in humans in the future. The conference was organised by Paddy Ladd and Steve Emery because they felt that the views of the Deaf community were being ignored in genetic research and to address this, they collected the views of Deaf people in individual interviews and group discussions across the UK. The project also looked at the views of hearing people and examined whether their perspective of Deaf people becomes more positive when they have seen the positive elements of Deaf culture for themselves. To do this, the project used a hearing …From:RemarkLondonViews:0 0ratingsTime:03:45More inNews Politics

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