Semin Hear 2000; 21(4): 327-342
DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-13468
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Roslyn G. Rosen
  • Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C
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Publication Date:
31 December 2000 (online)


The deaf community considers early identification of deafness in infants very important. However, without deaf-friendly intervention measures, early identification may not achieve its intended goals. This article provides an overview of basic human rights, the deaf child as a visual being, and the importance of partnerships among families and deaf and hearing professionals. Results of a survey regarding perceptions of the deaf community regarding early identification and intervention pose vital implications for planning and implementing programs for this population. Reasons are given for the involvement of deaf adults and the focus on language acquisition as paramount priorities.


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