Communication is central to human experience. For those
who are born deaf this is the area most at risk. Unless you have personal
experience of deafness in your work or a family member who is deaf you may
never have thought about this topic. As deafness is invisible the 350 million
individuals worldwide who are deaf, half of this is preventable, are at the
fringe of many societies.
This short course
will allow you to consider health, social and societal issues in relation to
deafness. You will understand how the hearing system works and what can go
wrong, particular challenges in low and middle income countries, about
screening and diagnostic services, amplification including solar powered aids,
challenges to inter-personal communication, sign language and positive stories
about what deaf individual can and do achieve. This will challenge stereotypes and will promote a positive message about deafness in the 21st century.
Wendy Mccracken and Helen Chilton