18th ICED

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Introduction

This Web page contains miscellaneous notes related to my attendance of the 18th International Congress on Education of the Deaf, which was held in Tel Aviv, Israel, between 16-20 July 1995.

The Congress was attended by more than 900 persons from more than 50 countries. For the first time, I could see in my eyes the results of the new Peace Process in the Mideast: I passed on to the Egyptian delegation an E-mail message which asked DEAF-L subscribers for contact information of a Deaf club in Cairo, and saw some of the Jordanians buy Israeli Sign Language dictionaries (one of them was one of the keynote speakers during the Congress).

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1996 Jan 23
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Introduction

During the 18th International Congress on Education of the Deaf, one of the lectures discussed the subject of self-identity of deaf people.

This article discusses te subject of self-identity of deaf people from the perspective of a participant of the DEAF-L list.

Lecture summary

During the 18th International Congress on Education of the Deaf, the results of a research by Yael Bat-Chava and Kirstin Lindermayer were presented. The researchers found that there are actually four groups of deaf people as follows:

  1. Deaf Power (33% of sample)
  2. Hearing Identity (24% of sample)
  3. Biculturals (34% of sample)
  4. Negatives (9% of sample)

The lecturers also remind us that a person would stay associated with a group as long as the group contributes to him pride in his identity.

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2005 Dec 2
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