Challenges With Stereotypes And Misconceptions Of Deaf People

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1. When we are talking about people who are deaf I believe many of us have misconceptions or stereotypes that unfortunately have spread due to misinformation from the public. One of the preconceptions that I had before seeing this website was that all deaf people did not want to be deaf. I believed that deaf wanted to be able to hear but many did not have the financial resources to obtain implants. To my surprise this was an inaccurate preconceptions, many deaf people actually prefer being deaf and they actually don’t like the idea of being able to hear. I also believed that deaf people were unable to drive cars. I knew that legally they were able to drive a car but I was unsure that they would able to physically drive it. Nothing about driving …show more content…
There are many challenges that I would face when try to assist an individual that is deaf in communicating within the dominant culture. We live in a society where being deaf is seeing as a weakness or defect. We either pity them for not being able to hear or we celebrate that they are able to survive within our dominant culture. One of the challenges that I would face would be changing the way society sees deaf people and allowing them to communicate in their own way without establishing misconceptions. As an anthropologist I would create methods that would empower deaf people to communicate freely. Many people do not see sign language as a real language so it is brushed off they are seen lower than common languages such as English Spanish. With this idea there identity is lost so I would have to implement methods of informing the public so that they could see what deafness is all about. Classes that teach ASL should also be teaching the struggle of the deaf community and how we are all equal. Another strategy would be establishing new methods in which deaf people can communicate with the hearing. Taxis and public transportation should provide methods of improving …show more content…
Collaborating with underrepresented individuals seen in the video requires compassion and cultural competency to be able to fully understand and avoid ethical problems that easily arise. Unfortunately, deafness creates communication, cultural, and social barriers within common society. One of the ethical challenges that I would face as an anthropologist would be to effectively communicate with them without disrespecting there deaf culture. In sound and fury peter and Nita’s daughter is also deaf but she desires to hear. This comes as a shock to both parents since they are oppose the implant which helps deaf people hear. This example shows how people within the deaf community identify themselves with being deaf so they embrace it and see it as a unique characteristic. It is hard to apply anthropology concepts with people in this community because of how much they value not being able to hear. Having a television show about people who are deaf would be difficult because of the factors mentioned above. Today many TV shows are created using unethical approaches that unfortunately is what people like to see. Having shown about deaf people relies on providing information for the general public to understand and comprehend the deaf community. Although, there are many ethical challenges that I would find when using anthropology approaches through being mutually respectful and understanding the

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