With deafness playing a large part in my family life; my mother is a Sign Language Interpreter and both my uncle and aunt are profoundly deaf, deaf culture and sign language have always been of interest to me. Yet it was only when I began working for Deafax, a UK charity that works to improve access to information for deaf people that I really began to appreciate the mountainous issues that deaf people come up against, to gain equal access, on a daily basis. Many deaf people, although categorised as 'disabled,' would beg to differ and see themselves instead as a linguistic minority.
This resource aims to increase the awareness of sexual health issues and promote healthy sexual relationships to young deaf people aged 16 to 25 years. There has previously been no web-based information in Auslan Australian Sign Language on sexual health awareness. For the Deaf Community, information of this nature in their preferred language is a significant access initiative.
Posted on December 7, by Editor. There is a telling moment in a documentary called Snapshot: Dicing with Sex when a group of young deaf people are shown cards with different words on them. They all instantly recognise the words Facebook, Wii and YouTube, but the words syphilis, genital warts and hepatitis ABC are met with blank expressions.
The authors evaluate and advocate the need for comprehensive sexuality education that meets the unique needs of youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, while calling for the expansion of teacher preparation in this critical area. Effective comprehensive sexuality education is designed to prepare young people to become more comfortable with, and informed about, their sexuality. Teachers and parents are key adults in this process. However, the responsibility for preparing teachers to handle sexuality education lies with both the postsecondary teacher preparation program and the administrative team at the individual school; their willingness to provide comprehensive training, current resources, and continued support are crucial to the success of any comprehensive sexuality program.
Given that many deaf students because of language delays may be emotionally and socially immature while physically mature, sex education tailored for their communication needs becomes critically important in order to prevent future problems. Fortunately, some materials are available for parents and teachers to use, plus some research articles have been written. The Described and Captioned Media Program has many captioned video materials available on sexuality and related topics.
T here is a telling moment in a documentary called Snapshot: Dicing with Sex when a group of young deaf people are shown cards with different words on them. They all instantly recognise the words Facebook, Wii and YouTube, but the words syphilis, genital warts and hepatitis ABC are met with blank expressions. Broadcast in sign language on digital TV inthe documentary revealed a remarkably uninformed attitude to sex, with several young deaf people saying they preferred not to use condoms, despite experiencing sexually transmitted infection STIs or pregnancy.
Print this page with Adobe Acrobat. Christine L. She teaches children and trains adults in sexuality education.
This project provides sexual and reproductive healthcare training to deaf girls, boys and teenagers through videos in sign language. Its aim is to provide each and every single school within the country with these materials. Deaf children are at risk. Not only are they excluded because of their language, but also because of their being children.
Attitudes toward condom education amongst educators for deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents in South Africa. Sumaya Mall; Leslie Swartz. AIM : This study explores the attitudes of educators working in schools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing pupils in South Africa toward condom education for their pupils.
The researchers hope their findings will make SRE more accessible for deaf children and, at a later stage, they plan to devise a fun, non-threatening computer game to explore how much deaf as well as hearing children know about issues related to growing up. They may understand the textbook terms but not the euphemisms that also arise in such discussions. They may not have the language to be able to tell someone that it is happening and also may lack awareness that the behaviour is inappropriate.