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Thus, the prejudices that might otherwise impede our interaction are nonexistent. Consumer advocates continue to monitor technological and telecommunications advancements to ensure access in a rapidly changing environment. The Federal Communications Commission has established a Disabilities Rights office, which regulates television, telecommunications, and Internet telephony access and works closely with deaf consumer organizations. 18 Inner Lives of Deaf Children Computer-assisted, real-time captioning (CART) has become commonplace in meetings, classes, conferences, and presentations.

Consumer Action Network is a coalition of national organizations that advocates for access to telecommunications, human services, education, and other vital amenities. , and other national organizations form the membership of the coalition. These groups and others organized out of self-identified needs for support and advancement. Young deaf people today may be surprised to learn that it wasn’t long ago that those who were deaf had to fight for the right to drive and to marry. Astrid Goodstein, president of the Maryland Association of the Deaf, spoke to my social work students one morning about the function of state NAD chapters.

The study found that the majority of students indicated no preference related to the hearing status of their children. However, 25 percent of those students mentioned a preference and almost all of this 25 percent would choose that their child be deaf (Miller, Moores, and Sicoli, forthcoming). Because 90 percent of deaf children have hearing parents, most deaf children grow up in a hearing culture. As these children grow, they have the opportunity to choose an identity in regard to their deafness.

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