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Genetics and Deafness: Impacts on the Deaf Community

by K S Arnos

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Genetics and Deafness   (2009-03-04)

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Arnos’s article addresses the role that genetics play in the Deaf community from the perspective of the past, present, and future. She starts by writing about the popularity of genetics during the eugenics movement and the discrimination that deaf individuals faced as a result.  She then goes on to introduce the present use of genetic testing by the Deaf community to select for deaf children. By examining the role of genetics in the past, present and future, Arnos was able to effectively provide two perspectives on deafness—one from an outsider point of view and another from within the community.




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