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Access to Knowledge

The Issue of Deaf Students and More

Lara Mantovan    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia     ORCID iD

Anna Cardinaletti    Università Ca' Foscari     ORCID iD

Carlo Geraci    CNRS, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris, France    

Kyle Duarte    CNRS, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris, France    



Language and communication barriers undermine everyday life for deaf people. In particular in higher education settings, these students often receive limited information and thus struggle to gain full access to knowledge. Considering these linguistic issues from several perspectives, this paper highlights some of the problems that arise in the everyday life of deaf students. Possible short- and long-term solutions to these barriers are presented and discussed. For example, simplified written texts ensure clarity and immediate access to complex and technical texts, but only provide one step toward linguistic autonomy. Linguistic mediation through sign language guarantees both direct access to content and personal involvement in interactive settings.

Keywords: Special education. Access to knowledge. Linguistic barriers. Deaf students.

Language: en

Submitted: April 12, 2016   Accepted: July 23, 2016   Published: Sept. 30, 2016  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.14277/2499-1562/AnnOc-50-16-7

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