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Deaf around the WorldThe Impact of Language$
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Gaurav Mathur and Donna Jo Napoli

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.001.0001

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Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China

Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China

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(p.339) Chapter 11 Social Situations and the Education of Deaf Children in China
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Deaf around the World
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Jun Hui Yang

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0021

In the Chinese social situation, heath care, education, and employment are consistent family concerns. While 80 percent of deaf children receive an education now, many do not use standardized Chinese Sign Language and have little exposure to deaf adult role models. Although charities and international organizations help some deaf children receive assistive technology and training, most go without. A major goal of the Chinese Disabled People Foundation is to get deaf children placed in local regular schools (not in bilingual-bicultural schools) with rehabilitation and vocational support. On the other hand, recent media attention has led to sign courses in universities, and a Deaf Pride movement has begun, so Deaf culture is now valued, and there are some new bilingual-bicultural schools.

Keywords:   Deaf activism, deaf rights, sign language linguistics, Chinese Sign Language, deaf education, China, Deaf pride, Deaf culture

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