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Deaf-Same or Deaf-Different?

Is it "deaf-same" or "deaf-different"? Read experience of Deaf trainers providing leadership training to Deaf people in Nigeria, Ghana.
The cover for the book entitled "It's A Small World: International Deaf Spaces and Encounters". The cover is yellow. A drawing below the title shows the globe with tall buildings sprouting from it. Three planes are crossing each other's paths as they fly around the world.

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Should we say “Deaf-Same” or “Deaf-Different”? For Deaf professionals who work with Deaf communities in developing countries, it can be easy to assume that cross-cultural issues will be rare. After all, many Deaf people share common experiences that often lead Deaf people to sign “Deaf-Same!”

But some authors caution that this is not always true. The author of this book chapter, Khadijat Rashid, shares her experience working with three other Deaf trainers to lead a leadership training workshop for Deaf people in Nigeria and Ghana. All four trainers lived in either the United States or the United Kingdom at the time. But all four were originally from Nigeria and were fluent in Nigerian Sign Language. This gave them many experiences in common with the Deaf people they trained in leadership. But they still found that the workshop trainers and the workshop participants had different world views. It was not “Deaf-Same” but “Deaf-Different”.

This book chapter, “A Deaf Leadership Program in Nigeria: Notes on a Complicated Endeavor” is in the book entitled It’s A Small World: International Deaf Spaces and Encounters, edited by Michele Friedner and Annelies Kuster. The book published in 2015.

Readers can download the book for free at the link in ePub format. Or, readers can purchase a hard copy of the book via booksellers such as Abe BooksAmazon, or elsewhere. You also can ask your best library if they have a copy of the book.

We were unable to assess whether the ePub file is accessible for people using screen reading software. For people who have print disabilities (for example, blind people), you can try looking for this book in an accessible format via an online service like Bookshare. Or, if you use a library service for people with print disabilities that participates in the ABC Global Book Service, you may wish to inquire whether this book is available.

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