Special Issue "Deaf Communities and Human Rights: Ongoing Struggles in Favor of Social Participation"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Normand Boucher
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Guest Editor
Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, Québec, QC G1M 2S8, Canada
Interests: disability policies; disabilit theory; social environment; social participation and human rights
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Prof. Dr. Charles Gaucher
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Guest Editor
School of Social Work, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB E1A 3E9, Canada
Interests: sociology; research methodology; social and cultural anthropology; critical theory; ethnography; deaf culture; disability studies
Prof. Dr. Louise Duchesne
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Guest Editor
Speech-language Pathology Department, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières,Trois-Rivières (Québec) G9A 5H7, Canada
Interests: language-related functions; social participation and human rights; the communication and participation of children, adolescents, and adults with a hearing loss; speech and language development in children with a hearing loss and cochlear implants
Ms. Linsay Flowers
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Guest Editor
School of Social Work, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB E1A 3E9, Canada
Interests: social work; mental health and addictions; child and youth care

Special Issue Information

The current global health crisis has given unprecedented visibility to both signed languages and communication barriers for people living with deafness around the world. Problems related to the translation of emergency communications in signed language and to healthcare workers wearing masks have revived, at least superficially, the issue of culturally Deaf (hence, capital D)/deaf and hard-of-hearing inclusion. Media coverage is an opportunity that several Deaf stakeholders have seized to push linguistic and identity claims forward in the public arena. The most obvious observation related to this resurgence of Deaf claims is that there is still work to be done in terms of the recognition of Deaf rights, especially with regard to signed languages and the importance of associative movements, but also barriers related to communication and participation experienced by Deaf/deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The proposed Special Issue will address two key points related to the recognition of Deaf rights, in that it will attempt to bring together articles which 1) highlight recent outcomes concerning the linguistic and identity claims of Deaf communities and 2) emphasize the challenges experienced by clinicians, educators, and the various stakeholders who support the recognition of deaf people’s rights. This call for papers aims not only to document the current struggles and debates surrounding signed languages and the various issues related to the inclusion of Deaf/deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in a hearing world, but also to highlight the work of key players, such as interpreters, hearing parents of deaf children, and healthcare professionals, who support the social participation of people who are deaf.

Dr. Normand Boucher
Prof. Dr. Charles Gaucher
Prof. Dr. Louise Duchesne
Ms. Linsay Flowers
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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