Inclusion and Deafness - Bibliography


Deafness: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Community Workers (2001) Philemon Akach

This is a simply written document which explains many complex issues regarding deafness and the education of deaf children. This is available free from UNESCO. A video will soon be available to accompany the booklet, which focuses on the experience of deaf people in Uganda.

Education of Deaf Children and Young People - 1987
No 4 in the Guides for Special Needs Education series

Although this is now a little out of date, it provides a useful guide to the main issues in the education of Deaf children.

Available from:
Special Needs Education, UNESCO
7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 PARIS 07-SP, France
Fax: +33 1 45 68 56 27/
Web site:

Listening to Sounds and Signs: Trends in Deaf Education and Communication - 1998
Immanuel, P; Koenig, C; Tesni, S
ISBN: 81-87-380-10-1

This book provides an overview of the development of services for children with hearing impairments in South Asia.

Available from:
Christoffel Blinden Mission International, Nibelungenstrasse 124
D-64625, Bensheim, Germany
Fax: +49 62 51 13 11 65
Price £3

Also available from:
Books for Change, 8 Wood Street, Ashok Nagar
Bangalore 560 025, India
Price: 200 rupees

Let's communicate: a handbook for people working with children with communication difficulties - 1997
Ref: WHO/RHB 971
Co-published by WHO, UNICEF and Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe

This consists of a series of booklets, one of which is about working with children with hearing-impairments.
Available free from:
Ms Sonia Florisses, Disability and Rehabilitation Team
WHO, CH-1211, Geneva 27, Switzerland

Considering sign bilingual education in cultural context: a survey of deaf schools in Jiangsu Province, China – 1999
Alison Callaway

In Deafness and Education International 1 (1), 34-46, 1999, Whurr Publications This paper presents the results of a survey of 22 deaf schools. It considers the implication of introducing sign bilingualism into China where the majority of deaf children in edcuation attend schools for the deaf where Sign Supported Chinese is the medium of instruction.

Preparing Teachers for Inclusion (in Lesotho) 1996
Mariga, L; McConkey, R; Phachaka, L.

This is a video-based training package produced in Lesotho. It shows the way in which primary school teachers and school children have learned the basics of sign language to enable deaf children to be taught in mainstream schools.

The manual is available from EENET's web site. The whole package is available from EENET. Free to southern-based organisations. £30 for Northern-based organisations.

Deafness in Swaziland: an ethnographic study - 1992
Fiona Gell
MA Economics, Department of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Economics, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

This is a detailed study of a small number of deaf adults, some of whom had been educated in the school for the deaf, and others who had not had access to education.

The Impact of Deafness on Children in Calcutta, India - 1999
Purobie Bose PhD Thesis
Department of Special Needs Education (DSNE), University of Norway, PO Box 1140 Oslo, 0317 Norway

The study follows 9 Calcutta-based Hindu parents, their families and deaf children and examines the way they cope with their children's disability in the context of the Hindu social system. Ms Bose challenges the myth that a disabled child growing up in the South is destined to be marginalised, hidden, punished, or killed.

The use of non-specialist personnel in providing a service for children disabled by hearing-impairment – 1998
Wirz, S & Lichtig, I
In Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol 20, No 5, 189-194, May 1998

This paper addresses the issue of how to provide health services for hearing-impaired children in the South, where the provision of hearing aids is a financial and/or logistical impossibility for most children. It suggests ways in which CBR workers can assist hearing-impaired children.

The development of a pre-school unit in Tanzania, using the principles of Montessori: an innovation in special needs education – 1998
Marshall, J, Bekker, M & McCracken, W
African Journal of Special Needs Education, Vol 3, No 2, 80-89, Sept 1998

This paper highlights the importance of documenting the strengths and weaknesses of new initiatives in the education of deaf children, especially at the pre-school level.

Hearing and Communication Disorders for CBR Workers - 1993
Wirz, S & Winyard, S
The Macmillan Press Limited.
ISBN: 0-333-57448-6

This is a practical handbook for rehabilitation workers in the South.

Available from:
TALC, PO Box 49, St Albans, Herts AL1 5TX, UK
Fax:+44 (0)17277846852

Issues of Deafness Units 1-10
An Open University (OU) course

This course is no longer taught at the Open University, but the course material is still extremely useful. The team that designed the course included Deaf people and considerable parts were written by Deaf people.

Available from:
The Forest Bookshop, 8 St John Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8AR, UK
Fax: +44 (0)1594 833446
Voice: +44 (0) 1594 833334

Families with Deaf children and mainstreaming issues
Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers' Group (DEX)

This is a short booklet which discusses some of the dilemmas of mainstreaming from the experience of ex-pupils. It makes several suggestions about how to make the mainstreaming experience more positive for Deaf children.

Available from:
PO Box 102, Barnsley, S. Yorks, S72 9YT, UK, from the Forest Bookshop (,, or from EENET.

The Importance of Deaf and Hearing Adults Working Together
Judith Collins
in Deaf Adults Working in Education – Proceedings of a conference held in Derby, November 1998(?)
A Laser publication

This short paper emphasises the important contribution which can be made by Deaf adults when given the opportunity to work in schools with young Deaf children and their parents.

Available from:
LASER, 273 Abbeydale Road, Wembley HAO 1P7
Tel: +44(0)1438 833699 - copies available from EENET.

Challenging Linguistic Exclusion in Deaf Education
Mary Brennan
In Deaf Worlds, Volume 15, Number 1, July 1999

This article argues that Deaf children in the UK are not achieving their potential because British Sign Language has not been formally recognised, despite the fact that international statements on inclusion recognise Deaf children's right to linguistic access.

Deaf Worlds is available from:
The Forest Bookshop, 8 St John Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8AR, UK
Fax: +44 (0)1594 833446
Voice: +44 (0) 1594 833334
This article is also available from EENET.

Alandra's Lilacs: the story of a mother and her deaf daughter

This true story is set in America and deals with a mother's gradual acceptance of her daughter's deafness, Sign Language and the Deaf Community. Available from the Forest Bookshop.

Do Deaf people have a disability? 1998
Harlan Lane
Address to the Federation of Deaf People, Blackburn, England, Nov 7 1998

This is a thought-provoking paper which questions the meaning of 'Deaf' and 'disability' and promotes the linguistic minority construction of deafness.

This article is available from EENET.

Issues in Deaf Education - 1998
Gregory, S; Knight, P; McCracken, W; Powers, S. & Watson, L (Ed)
Published by David Fulton Publishers
ISBN: 1-85346-512-7

This book is divided into 5 sections: the developing Deaf child; language and communication; teaching and learning; audiology; and the educational context. In the final section there is a chapter by Lesley Barcham entitled 'The International Dimension' which reviews developments in Zimbabwe and Finland

Deafness and Ethnicity: Services, Policy and Politics - 1998
Ahmad, W; Darr, A; Jones, L; & Nisar, G
Published by Policy Press
ISBN: 1 861 34 088 5

This book looks at the experience of Deaf people and their families belonging to minority ethnic communities in the UK.

A Review of Good Practice in Deaf Education - 1999
Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)

Stephen Powers et al: The Universities of Birmingham and Manchester. This report presents the views of parents, teachers and the major deaf organizations on what constitutes good practice. This review is part of a larger Guidelines Project which aims to improve educational opportunity for deaf children by informing and improving the educational practice of professionals.

ISBN: 0 90063407105 Price: £10.00
Available from:
19-23 Featherstone Street
Fax: 0044 (0)20 7296 8000
Textphone: 0044 (0)20 7296 8001
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Inclusion and Deafness Seminar Report

For more information on any of these publications please contact:

Susie Miles, Co-ordinator, The Enabling Education Network (EENET)

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