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Being Deaf in New Zealand: a Case Study of the Wellington Deaf Community

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dc.contributor.author Dugdale, Patricia O.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-30T02:21:48Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-25T23:31:18Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-30T02:21:48Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-25T23:31:18Z
dc.date.copyright 2000
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/23668
dc.description.abstract Being Deaf in New Zealand A Case Study of the Wellington Deaf Community by Patricia O. Dugdale Few factual descriptions are available of the life experiences in New Zealand of people who are Deaf. This study attempts to provide such a description, examining the Deaf community of the Wellington region by means of a survey and a number of case studies, key person interviews, and focus group meetings. The survey, with 97 respondents, elicited data on causes and degrees of hearing loss, use of aids, education, communication habits in childhood and adult life, employment, use of community services, social alignment, leisure pursuits, use of technology and basic demographics. Data on problems of access and discrimination encountered in several areas of life were also obtained. The study reviews the effects of prelingual severe to profound deafness, in combination with the oral method of education, on the acquisition of spoken and written language, and the effects of that combination on formal education, cognition and mental health, childhood family relationships and subsequent stages of life. Particular attention is paid to the effects of limited literacy and generally unsatisfactory education on the well-being of Deaf people. The recognition of NZ Sign Language is described, with the importance of this recognition in education, in services for Deaf people and in the gradually increasing public acceptance of the Deaf as a linguistic and cultural minority. The current situation of Deaf people in this country and the issues affecting them are placed in the context of a review of the history of Deaf people and a summary of major issues both internationally and nationally, derived from the available literature and from research into the archives and activities of the Deaf Association of New Zealand. The Deaf community and culture in New Zealand are described, and an outline history of the Deaf Association of New Zealand is given in an Appendix. en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Deaf en_NZ
dc.subject New Zealand en_NZ
dc.subject Case studies en_NZ
dc.title Being Deaf in New Zealand: a Case Study of the Wellington Deaf Community en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Applied Linguistics en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ

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