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Hearing, Mother Father Deaf: Hearing People in Deaf Families

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1. This is common among the emerging middle class of deaf professionals whose social involvement in the deaf community is reduced or takes on a different form, either because they are working in a deaf/sign language environment and no longer need to go the deaf club to get their �fix� of sign language and deaf culture, or they feel social pressure in their role as a professional (De Meulder, 2006; Ladd, 2003; Padden & Humphries, 2005).

2. For example, P�chhacker (2000) found that the majority of non-Germanspeaking patients in hospitals in Vienna, Austria, were assisted by their children in their communication with doctors and nurses.

3. CACDP has since changed the assessment and qualification requirements to acknowledge the need for training and has introduced a vocational qualification which requires the development of a portfolio. For more information, see Napier (2004).

4. I had decided to take the Stage 1, 2, and 3 BSL exams with the encouragement of my mother, as I thought it would be useful to demonstrate that I could use another language.

5. See for information about Ben Steiner and ASLI�s �Ben Steiner Award.�

6. According to Breda Certy (personal communication, 23 March 2007), �enculturation means that we often react or behave involuntarily, even when we have some measure of �controlling� or being aware of our cultural behaviour or perspectives. For example, maybe you will involuntarily feel offended by someone belittling sign language or deafness, or you will involuntarily say something in English in response to some situation�you do not always have a choice. Of course one can minimize these reactions with awareness and discipline, cultural behaviours or attitudes are not always a matter of choice.�

7. See for more information.

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