Deaf people in developed countries enjoy opportunities and growth through language access, interpreting services, and disability rights. This environment allows them to contribute to society on par with members of the hearing community. Deaf people in several developing countries, however, are not always as fortunate.
For example, in China, even the most skilled deaf people are rarely hired for jobs, and many must resort to employment in the black market to survive. Deaf villagers in Nepal often have no access to education and live in complete isolation. Many deaf people in Cambodia cannot read, write, sign, speak, or otherwise communicate, and therefore lack independent living skills. In India, impoverished families often perceive deaf children as a burden and may abandon them on the streets to fend for themselves. Governments, educational systems, and the general population in many countries tend to be unaware or neglectful of these issues.
For more information, visit our website at: discoveringdeafworlds.org
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