The fact that an individual is deaf in and of itself does not explain the disparities we see today in educational achievement and employment outcomes for deaf people. Rather these disparities can be attributed to underlying factors that may not always be immediately apparent. The National Deaf Center identified negative attitudes and biases as one of several root causes or contributing factors to attainment gaps for deaf people.
Attitudes and Biases as Barriers for Deaf People is a three-hour self-paced professional development opportunity that can help you understand how biases, attitudes, and social constructs impact educational attainment and employment outcomes for deaf people.
This course covers:
Recognizing that these are factors pervasive across all levels of the system and inhibit deaf people from reaching their full potential can guide us to ensure equitable opportunity for deaf success — ultimately benefiting society as a whole.
By the end of this course, you will have knowledge of and tools to:
This course is designed to provide participants with resources to increase their awareness of the ethnic and cultural diversity within the deaf community; and that there is no “one” deaf community but rather many. Also, participants will learn to recognize the impact of social constructs on the educational and employment experiences of deaf people. Participants will examine how negative attitudes and biases create barriers and impact advancement in both education and employment settings, and examine disparities in opportunities in these settings in the context of intersectionality — among the communities of deaf people of color.