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What is Deaf International Development?

Provides an overview of deafness in international development, and explains some of the organizations working with Deaf communities globally.
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Provides a short overview that explains what is “international development”? What are the “social” and “medical” models of disabilities? How do these impact how country governments and international agencies address Deaf people and people with disabilities? This encyclopedia entry summarizes some of the organizations around the world that work with Deaf people in international development. It also briefly mentions the spread of foreign sign languages, sign dictionaries, and the impact of volunteers who have little knowledge about Deaf communities in developing countries.

This encyclopedia entry, “Deaf International Development”, appears in The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. It can be read online for free. The online version will be difficult to use for people using screen reading software. Many images do not use alternative tags to describe them for people who cannot see. Web links are often not labeled to say where they go for people using screen reading software.

In addition to the link further above, which goes directly to the entry “Deaf International Development”, people also can preview an online version of the entire publication The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. Some of the other entries in the encyclopedia may be of interest to professionals in the international development field, or for people learning about Deaf communities around the world. The encyclopedia published in 2016. The encyclopedia editors are Genie Gertz and Patrick Boudreault. The authors of the entry “Deaf International Development” are Arlinda Boland, Michele Friedner and Annelies Kusters.

Libraries also can purchase a print version of the entire publication, The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia, from various booksellers.

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