Deafness and ethnicity: Services, policy and politics

Waqar Ahmad, Aliya Darr, Lesley Jones and Gohar Nisar

This report is the first comprehensive examination of the field of ethnicity and deafness.

It provides a national overview of initiatives with deaf people from minority ethnic communities, considering debates on ethnicity and service provision, and on the politics of deafness in Britain. Using interviews with deaf users and workers, the authors consider issues of identity, language and perspectives on services. The report shows that deaf people from minority ethnic communities have a role to play in defining themselves and their needs, not just as deaf people, but as people who hold dearly their cultural, religious and gender identities.

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