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A Journey Into the Deaf World

Three scholars of Deaf culture offer insights into the U.S. Deaf community among people who use American Sign Language.



Accessibility in India

Thusar and Babloo talks about accessibility for deaf people in India



Accessible education for deaf students at college in Manila

This study evaluates accessible support services and teaching methods used with Deaf students enrolled in a college in Manila, Philippines.



Accessible Space Science for Deaf Students

How to provide accessible space science for Deaf students, students with other disabilities, and non-disabled students in the same class.



Accessing Information, Empowerment

The author explains how barriers in accessing information impact Deaf people. She shares her opinions on how to solve these barriers.



Advocating for Deaf Awareness through the Media

Learn how to advocate with television, newspapers, and other media to raise Deaf awareness through the media. Some people only learn about Deaf people, or people with disabilities, through the media



All Children Benefit from Sign Language

According to research, all children benefit from sign language. Babies who are deaf or hard of hearing benefit. And so do hearing babies.



Assistive Technology in Education

Guides governments in improving policies and services to provide assistive technology in education to children with disabilities.



Best practices used in early intervention services

Summarizes research about early intervention services with deaf children and explains the best practices for helping them learn language.



Business Can Empower

Business can empower. One U.S. business provides sign interpreters and captions–and also does outreach and empowerment for Deaf people.



California supports right to language access

In its position statement, the Department of Education of California supports right to language access for deaf and hard of hearing children.



Capacity Building Manual

Trainers can use this manual to teach a capacity building training program for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).



Capacity Building: The Basics

Explains what is capacity building and how it can help an organization grow and succeed.



Caribbean Sign Languages

Overview of the sign languages in the Caribbean region. Summarizes the influence of foreign sign languages. Mentions documentation.



Case Studies of Assistive Technology in Education

Describes two case studies of assistive technology in education in Bangladesh and Tanzania and guides governments in how to help.



CBM Representatives Meet Deaf Leaders from Vietnam

Two Deaf leaders from Vietnam, Huong and Linh, share what they know with two CBM staff members, Elizabeth Lockwood and Sian Tesni.



Child Development in Mainstream School

Learn about child development in mainstream school and how this impacts language and academic skills for Deaf students.



Children with disabilities in child development programs

Learn long-term strategies to improve participation and outcomes for children with disabilities in child development programs.



Create and Fund Deaf Organizations

How do you create and fund Deaf organizations? Two tool kits for disability rights advocates, including Deaf people, can help you learn how.



CRPD Advocacy Toolkit

The CRPD Advocacy Toolkit summarizes the CRPD and explains why it matters. The first section might help trainers explain the CRPD to others.



Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama, USA

Read the story of Deaf student Kent Schaefer and his experiences with Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama in the United States.



Deaf and Disabled Women Resource Kit

Learn the situation of Deaf and disabled women around the world. And read some ideas for how women with disabilities can change society.



Deaf children need Deaf adults

The author argues that the most important thing is that Deaf children need Deaf adults as role models and as professionals working with them.



Deaf children relate to deaf character in El Deafo.

Deaf children feel a connection with the deaf character in El Deafo. The novel is an autobiography by deaf author Cece Bell.



Deaf communities and signed languages in five continents

Twenty-four researchers studied Deaf communities and signed languages in five continents. They explain the history of the signed languages.



Deaf communities in Bangalore, India

Deaf communities in Bangalore are separate from each other based on education, training, and sign language skills. Research and analysis.



Deaf Communities in Southern Asia

Provides an overview of Deaf communities in Southern Asia. Focuses on India and Nepal. Summarizes experiences in urban and rural areas.



Deaf community empowered in Namibia

A project in Namibia built local capacity in Deaf education and Namibian Sign Language. As a result, the Deaf community empowered itself.



Deaf Education in Zimbabwe and Teacher Trainees

The authors summarize the history of deaf education in Zimbabwe and study the attitudes of teacher trainees toward sign language.



Deaf entrepreneurs and other case stories

Projects in different countries helped people with disabilities, including Deaf entrepreneurs, get jobs and escape poverty.



Deaf Ethiopian youth empowerment

Deaf Ethiopian youth experience many challenges. But they also have opportunities for advocacy, education, and empowerment.



Deaf Inclusion in Cross-Disability work

Learn how people with different disabilities cooperated to establish a national cross-disability council in Myanmar, including deaf people.



Deaf International Development Professionals: Joshua Josa

Watch Joshua Josa, a Deaf man, explain how he started his career in the international development field. In ASL with English captions.



Deaf International Development university program

Learn about a university program in the United States that teaches professionals about Deaf international development.



Deaf Leadership in International Development

A panel of Deaf professionals in the international development field share their insights about deaf leadership in international development.



Deaf Learners in Malaysia

This study analyzes the experiences of four Deaf learners in Malaysia primary schools and two Deaf adults who have finished school.



Deaf Libyan Voters Empowered by Sign Language

Deaf Libyan voters use a sign language dictionary on elections and politics to empower themselves. Available in a video, phone app, or PDF.



Deaf people during natural disasters

Summarizes literature about Deaf people in Haiti. Explains the situation of Deaf people during natural disasters. Makes recommendations.



Deaf rights comics: An advocacy tool

Comics can help organizations raise deaf awareness or advocate in the local community. This guide will help you learn how to create comics.



Deaf Social Movement

The author explains the history of the Deaf social movement in U.S. society and how the movement expressed its ideas and empowered itself.



Deaf Studies and Education

The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal for basic and applied research related to Deaf people.



Deaf women making health and motherhood decisions

A project in Argentina helps Deaf women making health and motherhood decisions through videos and workshops in Argentinean sign language.



Deaf-Deaf SAME: Deaf professionals and researchers

If a development professional or researcher is Deaf, how does this impact their relationship with Deaf communities in developing countries?



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.



Deafness and Education International Journal

Deafness & Education International is a peer-reviewed journal for educators involved with the education of young deaf students.



Deafway in UK, Nepal, and Uganda

Deafway, a UK-based organization, works with Deaf communities in the UK, Uganda, and Nepal. They value Deaf culture and signed languages.



Development Empowers Deaf People

Does development empower Deaf people in Namibia? Researchers interviewed people to answer this question. With caveats, the answer is yes.



Diagnosing deaf infants in Nigeria

This article describes a study about diagnosing deaf infants in a community-based immunology clinic in Lagos, Nigeria.



Don’t give “Nana Gifts”

Lesson learned? Ask people want they want and need. Imagine how excited your home community will be knowing that they are collecting goods which will be appreciated and used to make a real difference in people’s lives. Don’t send “Nana gifts.” Ask first.



Early intervention with Deaf babies

Different experts explain early intervention with deaf babies, toddlers, and their families, for the professionals who work with them.



Education Options for Deaf Children

Explains for parents in the United States what education options for deaf children are available. Has some relevance for other countries too.



Engaging Deaf People in Politics

How an international organization encouraged Deaf people in Guinea, Georgia, and the Dominican Republic to participate in elections.



Fighting Corruption in Honduras: Deaf Inclusion

Both Deaf and hearing people in Honduras are reading comic strips to learn about corruption in Honduras and how to stop it.



Finding DeafBlind Organizations

These web pages will help you find organizations of, and for, DeafBlind people around the world. Most major regions are covered.



Finding Local Deaf Organizations

Learn advice for finding local Deaf organizations in the country you want by starting at the top with international organizations.



Five answers for your grant’s sustainability plan

How will your project survive after the current grant funds run out? Here are 5 ideas for creating your grant’s sustainability plan.



Good Education through Sign Language

This 5-minute video from Human Rights Watch explains that educators for Deaf students can achieve a good education through sign language.



Guidance for doctors and other professionals advising parents

Guidance for doctors and other professionals advising parents on how to help their deaf or hard of hearing child learn language.



Guide for Disability Inclusion in Education

How policy makers can make the school system in their country more inclusive of students with disabilities.



Guides on Classroom Interpreting for Deaf Students

Six guides on classroom interpreting for deaf students can guide interpreters, administrators, and others in helping them access language.



Have you ever assumed wrong? I did…

I looked at the seven statues of St. John on the shelf and asked them all for help. I had made it clear earlier that this money was theirs to spend as they wanted, so I had to shut up and be disappointed seeing them buy paper goods that would be used once and tossed away…for what?



Health professionals should advise parents to use sign language

Read the evidence: Why health professionals should advise parents to use sign language with their deaf children–even with cochlear implants.



Help Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students in University

Learn how a university can help deaf or hard of hearing students succeed and pursue a university degree in the same school with hearing students.



How one library provides services to people with disabilities

Explains how one library in the United States provides services to people with disabilities with examples of technology that can help.



How pediatricians can advise parents of deaf babies

When a child is born deaf, decisions can be overwhelming. The authors give guidance on how pediatricians can advise parents of deaf babies.



How to certify sign language interpreters

Not all fluent signers are good sign language interpreters. Learn how your country can certify sign language interpreters.



I Was Laughed At For My Disability, Until I Became A UN Volunteer

Rupmani Chhetri is the first Deaf woman from India to become an international UN volunteer. Read her story about her work in Ukraine.



Ideas for “icebreaker” activities with new groups

Learn ideas for “icebreaker” activities. These are activities that will help a new group learn about each other and work well together.



Identifying hearing loss in newborn babies in developing countries

On identifying hearing loss in newborn babies, why this is still not happening in many developing countries, and how to solve this.



Including Deaf Children in Early Childhood Education

Review the research on including Deaf children in early childhood education programs and the recommendations for program administrators.



Inclusion for Deaf and hard of hearing students

Learn strategies to make schools and classrooms more disability inclusive, with inclusion for Deaf and hard of hearing students too.



Innovations in Deaf Studies

The authors contributing to this anthology explore the role of deaf scholars in the field of Deaf Studies.



International Human Rights Laws for Deaf Children

Learn about different international human rights laws that advocates and policy makers can use to protect the rights of Deaf children.



Is the “Deaf” experience universal?

Is the “Deaf” experience universal? How do Deaf people from different countries relate? The authors analyze experiences in Ghana and India.



Learning sign language together

Families in Austria are learning sign language together. Bilingual teachers play games and songs in German and Austrian Sign Language.



Legal Knowledge for Deaf Chileans

A Deaf American lawyer, Michael Steven Stein, describes his attempts to improve access to legal knowledge for Deaf Chileans.



Legislating Disability Employment Opportunity

Learn how to write laws that enable people with disabilities, including Deaf and hard of hearing people, to compete for employment.



Lessons learned through Travel – Thank you but no thank you?

Typically when you travel to another country with different norms than yours, you learn lessons the hard way.



Letting deaf people be the leaders

Clarissa from Macau talks about a problem we see worldwide – deaf people not having the chance to lead.



Literacy Skills for Deaf Jamaican Students

A three-year project from 2017 to 2020 is using Jamaican Sign Language to improve literacy skills for Deaf Jamaican students.



Local University in Zambia to Accept Deaf Law Students

Frank Musukwa explains how Deaf organizations in Zambia advocated with local universities to ask them to enroll Deaf law students.



Long-term organizational sustainability plan

How will your organization survive 5, 10, 20 years from now? This guide can help develop your long-term organizational sustainability plan.



Making Classroom Lectures Accessible for Deaf Students

A university in France experimented with how to use technology to make classroom lectures accessible for Deaf students and hard of hearing students.



Manual on Sign Language Work

This manual on sign language work explains strategies for doing successful sign language work and some of the issues to think about.



Mask of Benevolence

The Mask of Benevolence analyzes how medical, education, and other professionals often harm Deaf people even when they’re trying to help



Mexico Laws for Deaf People

Mexico has many laws important for Deaf people and people with disabilities. Learn more about Mexico laws for Deaf people.



MNI Working with CHAVITA, Tanzania Assn of the Deaf, in Eastern Africa

MNI works with CHAVITA, the Tanzania Association of the Deaf. CHAVITA is training Deaf people in advocating with local government.



Monitor and Evaluate for Sustainability

Monitoring and evaluation may help your organization be more sustainable. Learn how to monitor and evaluate for sustainability.



Morocco Sign Language-supported educational materials

New technology helps teachers and parents develop their own Morocco Sign Language-supported educational materials.



News: Deaf Jamaicans Sell Coffee

In one coffee shop, Deaf Jamaicans sell coffee to hearing people–and also help them learn how to communicate with Deaf people.



Nontraditional ethical issues in assistive technology research

The author says sometimes researchers confront nontraditional ethical issues in research on assistive technology in a developing country.



Online education to train new teachers in deaf education

Some universities use online education to train new teachers in deaf education. The article shares the experience of one such program in United States.



Organization for bilingual early childhood education

This organization is for professionals who develop, manage, and coordinate bilingual early childhood programs using ASL and English.



Organizations show donors they are valuable

A project in the United Kingdom helped Deaf and disabled people’s organizations show donors they are valuable.



Research in Deaf Education

Experienced researchers share insights and experiences about the best way to do research in deaf education.



Showcase: GNAD

Sarah visited Ghana last year & worked with GNAD Youth. Watch the video to learn more!



Sign Language and Deaf Education in South Africa

Ayanda Ntukwana at Sign Language Education and Development (SLED) shares her experience in Deaf education in South Africa.



Sign Language for Everyone

In Kenya, sign language is no longer just for Deaf children. They are trying sign language for everyone in 470 schools across the country.



Sign Language in Deaf Education

Colin Allen, president of the World Federation of the Deaf, speaks about the importance of sign language in Deaf education.



Sign Language TV News in Mozambique

Sign language TV news in Mozambique is available for deaf people in the country. The channel TV Surdo Mozambique broadcasts weekly.



Susana Stiglich: Finding Sign Language, Becoming an Educator

Susana Stiglich, who is now a university professor and consultant in Peru, shares her life story as a Deaf woman.



Sustainability Plan for your project grant proposal

How will your project survive after the first grant funds end? What is your sustainability plan? Funders will want to know. Here are ideas.



Sustainable Development Plan: Consulting local communities

International development professionals often ask, how do we make a more sustainable development plan? Author Mary Ruckelshaus has an answer.



Teaching deaf students with additional disabilities

What are the experiences of educators teaching deaf students with additional disabilities? How should training for teachers improve?



Teaching Deaf Voters

Learn about teaching deaf voters, voters with other disabilities, and other voters about their right to vote. Messages need to be accessible.



Teaching Sign Language to Deaf Children and Families in Vietnam

Children with any disability are often out of school. But one project is teaching sign language to Deaf children and families in Vietnam.



Technology for supervising trainee teachers of deaf students

In the United Kingdom, expert teachers of deaf students have tried experimental technology for supervising trainee teachers.



Technology for Teaching Greek Sign Language

Educators in Greece developed technology for teaching Greek Sign Language to deaf students in early primary school.



The Disability Data Portal

The Disability Data Portal shares data and statistics related to people with disabilities. These measure 16 indicators in 40 countries.



Training for interveners with DeafBlind students

One U.S. program improved training for interveners with DeafBlind students. A teacher and intervener work together in the classroom.



Understanding Deaf Culture

Talks about different concepts of culture and how these apply to deaf communities. He suggests we speak of a new concept called “deafhood”.



Unique Sign Language in PNG Village

Deaf people in an isolated village in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) have developed their own unique sign language.



Using deaf-friendly technology at school

This article shares the experience of using deaf-friendly technology at school in two different places in the United States.



Using Smartphone App for Communication

This study examines how a smartphone application can help signing deaf people communicate with people who don’t sign.



Vietnamese Deaf Children Learn through Sign Language

This article describes a project in which Vietnamese Deaf children learn through sign language. Parents and teachers learn sign language.



Watch children aged 3 to 5 use American Sign Language

Watch children aged 3 to 5 use American Sign Language with adults at home and with other Deaf children in preschool.



What a volunteer should not do

Watch a former President tell about his experience working with a volunteer that ended in a conflict.



What is Deaf International Development?

Provides an overview of deafness in international development, and explains some of the organizations working with Deaf communities globally.



Why policies should promote sign language for Deaf children

The authors of this article argue that policies should promote sign language for all Deaf children, with or without cochlear implants.