Deaf Ideology

Pathological ideology is an imposed view, stemming from values and beliefs, which place high value on speaking and hearing. Hence, the pervasive definition that “deaf” is a condition, a deficiency, which creates a language delay, has become a fiber of our society. We need to challenge people to “react differently” when encountering the ideology of what it means to be DEAF. Deaf people are a culturo-linguistic community and when they are allowed to create their own ideology in their natural environment, they can, in return, be celebrated for their contributions to society. The social justice and ideology on Deaf have influenced how our conscious mindsets with complexity and vagueness. And, to explore this with such a role and position of the hearing privileges and dynamics and power structures will need to begin with dialogue through the lens of social justice/Deafhood.


Marika Kovacs-Houlihan

Marika Kovacs-Houlihan, M.Ed., is a Director for the ASL Connect at the Gallaudet University, Washington DC. Her valuable attributes are her theatrical experiences and her passion in ASL Literature. Her master’s research topic was ASL Cinematic and how to use ... read more

Date: Tue, May 16

Delivery Method: In-person With Livestream

Time: 12:30-1:45pm CT

Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center or view on Zoom

Instructor: Marika Kovacs-Houlihan

Fee: $10

Program Number: SPRI:386

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