Multicultural Considerations

This section of Info to Go includes resources related to multicultural considerations for students and their families, as well as links to resources in languages other than English.

Clerc Center Resources  

Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education
(Annual magazine published by the Clerc Center)

Early Contact, Language Access, and Honoring Every Culture: A Framework for Student Success (2017)  

Massachusetts Offers Trilingual Reading Saturdays to Increase Reading Skills and Confidence (2017)  

Working with Deaf Refugees and Immigrants (2017)  

How Can We Motivate Struggling Latino Adolescents to Read? (2014)

Meeting Mandates, Supporting New Arrivals, and Improving a Good Program (2014)

A Look at Decisions Hispanic Families Make After the Diagnosis of Deafness (2002)
English | Spanish

(ARCHIVES) Sharing Results paper developed at the Clerc Center surveying how Hispanic parents make decisions for their deaf or hard of hearing child with regard to using early intervention services and entering school. 

Gallaudet University Resources

Issues in the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing K-12 English Language Learners (2013)

Article written by Barbara Gerner de Garcia, professor at Gallaudet University focusing on issues facing diverse deaf and hard of hearing students learning English.

Stakeholder Resources

American Annals of the Deaf (Spring 2016)

Full issue of American Annals of the Deaf dedicated to multilingual and multicultural learners

Closing the Gap When Working With Spanish Speaking Populations (NCHAM e-Book, 2017)

Chapter from the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management's Early Hearing Detection & Intervention e-book. It addresses many health perceptions and cultural beliefs of some Spanish-speaking populations, with the goal of supporting professionals in providing culturally competent services.

Language Acquisition for the Bilingual Child: A Perspective on Raising Bilingual Children in the U.S. (NCHAM e-book, 2017)

Chapter from the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management's Early Hearing Detection & Intervention e-book. It addresses considerations in raising a bilingual child in two spoken languages, and discussion surrounding approaches and strategies to support second language acquisition.

Responding to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Learners (2015)

Chapter from Educating Deaf Learners: Creating a Global Evidence Base highlighting the implications for professional practice in early intervention and education, particularly in regard to supporting the family's intentions related to their children's use of multiple languages at home and at school.

 Trilingual Interpreting-ASL/English/Spanish (National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers)

Website addressing the specialized work of trilingual interpreting. While the webpages are available, this center no longer receives funding to respond to questions.

Raising and Educating Deaf Children: eBulletins
(Associated with the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Oxford UP)

Early Intervention with Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (2017)

Multicultural Organization Websites

Council de Manos

Organization supporting and educating others about the Latinx Deaf, Deafblind, Deaf Disabled, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened communities.

Mano a Mano

Organization of trilingual (Spanish-English-ASL) interpreters. It is the mission of Mano a Mano to provide an infrastructure for access to trilingual interpreting resources, support professional development for trilingual interpreters, educate the public about trilingual interpreting, and advocate for appropriate policies concerning the provision of trilingual interpretation.

National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc. (NAOBI)

Organization with a mission to promote excellence and empowerment of African Americans/Blacks in the profession of sign language interpreting in the context of a multicultural, multilingual environment.

National Asian Deaf Congress (NADC)

Non-profit organization whose mission is to define and address the cultural, political and social issues experienced by Asians who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Black Deaf Advocates Inc. (NBDA)

Organization promoting leadership, deaf awareness, and active participation in the political, educational, and economic processes that affect the lives of black deaf citizens.

Sacred Circle (Formerly Intertribal, Deaf Council, Inc.)

Non-profit organization for deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing and late-deafened American Indian, Alaska Native, and First Nations individuals and their families. Non-natives who are hearing or deaf, or hearing Natives are also welcome to participate as associate members.

More Resources

Resources for the Hispanic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Population 

Developed at the Clerc Center, this resource list provides contacts, publishers/distributors, a bibliography, and online links to assist with support for Hispanic deaf and hard of hearing persons.

Resources in Chinese (Info to Go)

This webpage is a list (and associated links) of all resources from Info to Go that are available in Mandarin.

Resources in Spanish (Info to Go)

This webpage is a list (and associated links) to all resources from Info to Go that are available in Spanish.

Selected Readings and Resources on Multicultural Issues and Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing 

Developed at the Clerc Center, this list provides articles and books on multicultural issues related to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This list is organized into five categories: Multicultural, African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian and Pacific Islander. Also provided is a list of national organizations serving or advocating for the needs of people who are deaf in these ethnic origins.

Last revised November 2017

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