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Ethical issues for research with Deaf communities

The authors of this article say that most codes of ethics for researchers do not address ethical issues for research with Deaf communities.
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Professional associations often have a code of ethics to guide researchers so their research will help and not hurt. However, their codes of ethics do not address ethical issues for research with Deaf communities who use sign language. The authors of this article say that this sometimes leads to research that harms Deaf sign language communities. The authors suggest principles for researchers to follow when researching with sign language communities.

This article was written by Raychelle Harris, Heidi M. Holmes, and Donna M. Mertens; it was published in the Sign Language Studies journal, in the Winter 2009 issue.

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