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The Uphill Struggle: Services for Deaf and hard of hearing people - Issues of equality, participation and access

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This work was undertaken by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York, which receives support from the Department of Health. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Health. This article focuses upon the ways in which Deaf [1] and hard of hearing people are excluded from participation in society. In particular, the focus is upon the ordinary expectations that members of society have in terms of participating as citizens and performing socially sanctioned, adult roles. The roles of 'citizen', 'employee', 'parent' and 'patient' are discussed. The data illustrate how the organisation and delivery of services can undermine, rather than facilitate, the performance of these roles. Despite policy emphasis on social inclusion, current services and legislation fail to provide a firm basis for the full participation of Deaf and hard of hearing people in British society.

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Author(s): Bamford C; Harris J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Disability and Society

Year: 2001

Volume: 16

Issue: 7

Pages: 969-979

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0968-7599

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0508

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09687590120097854


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