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Deaf identity and empowerment as response to discrimination

Does the strength of Deaf identity increase Deaf people's use of empowerment as a response to discrimination? Doctoral thesis.
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Many Deaf people identify as members of a linguistic minority group. They therefore take pride in being Deaf. Meanwhile, Deaf people experience discrimination and often respond with empowering action. So, does the strength of their Deaf identity increase their use of empowerment as a response to discrimination?

In response to this question, author Alexis Hamill had 175 Deaf and hard of hearing adults complete an online questionnaire on their Deaf identity and empowerment. Furthermore, she summarizes the results in her doctorate thesis, which she completed in 2012. This PDF file is accessible for people using screen reading software, but with difficulty for some.

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