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Attitudes and Biases as Barriers for Deaf People

Started Feb 23, 2021


Full course description

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:

  • An examination of how negative attitudes and biases result in barriers to advancement in education and employment, especially as it applies to deaf people of color;
  • An examination of how limited access to education and employment opportunities are shaped by ideologies of intersecting identities of, backgrounds, and experiences of deaf people; and
  • How to take action to honor deaf people, deaf identities, and experiences when working together.


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:

  • Recognize the impact of social constructs on education and employment experiences of deaf people;
  • Correlate how an individual’s privileges and biases can contribute to systematic oppression and serve as a barrier for deaf success;
  • Formulate strategies to reduce the influence of privilege and bias in education and employment settings;
  • Point out examples of how deaf people can be marginalized within education and employment settings;
  • Examine personal contributions to systemic oppression and take action to make create change.


What It Addresses  

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.


Who It Is Designed For


This course is designed for anyone who works with or interacts with deaf people and is interested in examining conditions that affect deaf people daily.


Professional Development Credit 


With a passing score of 80% or above, participants receive a certificate of completion and can submit it for 0.3  RID CEUs.CRC Clock Hours are currently pending preapproval.




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