d/Deaf Disabled Experiences with the Deaf Community

ID: 4043
School: School of Human Services and Sciences
Program: Psychology
Status: Ongoing
Start date: February 2020
End Date: December 2020


Most people consider deafness to be a disability. However, individuals who identify as being part of Deaf culture often reject the label of disability. This presents a unique situation for those who are both d/Deaf and also disabled. It is estimated that individuals who have a hearing loss are 30-55 percent more likely to have an additional disability than individuals who are hearing. The experiences of d/Deaf and Disabled individuals is largely absent from existing literature despite their prevalence. The purpose of this study is to explore, in-depth, the lived experiences of d/Deaf and Disabled individuals’ interactions with the Deaf community. The voice and experience of this population is largely absent in the literature. The goal of this study is not to determine trends and prevalence rates, but to document their lived experience. It consisted of 2 online focus groups of 3-4 participants each. Participants were over 18, identify as both being deaf and disabled, and have experiences with the culturally Deaf community. All focus groups were conducted in American Sign Language. The recorded focus groups were analyzed using the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Principal investigators

  • Roberts, Rachel (Student) • Science of Learning Center on Visual Language & Visual Learning (VL2)

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