Discuss the concepts of normalcy and diversity, and their influence on society’s
perceptions of deafness.
What do Sussman and Brauer (1999) have to say about deafness and
Deaf adults have positive self-esteem, are comfortable with being deaf, can assert
themselves, ask for help as needed, have effective interpersonal relationships and social
skills, and demonstrate a positive zest for life
Describe ways in which environment, life-span issues, and social context affect
Identities emerge through one’s perceptions of similarities and differences in comparison
with others, depending on attributes such as gender, ethnicity, occupation, educational
level, cultural affiliation, and a host of other variables.
Social contexts- for example, the
family, the school, the workplace, social settings, religious institutions, the sports arena,
and so forth
According to Corker (1996), is deaf identity automatically a person’s core
identity? How is deaf identity measured?
According to corker, deaf identity is not necessarily a core identity; rather, its
development depends on the extent to which deafness is salient in one’s daily life.
What criteria does Bat-Chava (2000) use to measure deaf identity?
Using cluster analysis, derivedthree identity categories- culturally hearing, culturally
deaf, and bicultural, as based on four criterion variables related to communication and
importance of speech, group identity, and attitudes toward deaf people
Describe Neil Glickman’s four stages of cultural and racial identity development.
Which does he posit to be the healthiest?
culturally hearing stage, being deaf is seen as a medical condition or disability
to be ameliorated, thereby minimizing the need for support services or sign language
reflects cultural marginality, includes deaf persons who exist on the fringe of
both deaf and hearing cultures, unable to fully integrate into either.
immersed themselves within deaf culture, identify as deaf, and behave as they
think authentic deaf people are supposed to.