Debi Duren is currently a Deaf full-time adjunct instructor at Western Oregon University in the ASL/English Interpretation Program and in the general American Sign Language (ASL) classes. Debi has been coordinating and teaching ASL 1-8 and comparative linguistics for 12 years.
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Articles and Video:
Considerations for Mediating with People Who Are Culturally Deaf
Historically, mediation has not been an effective venue for
dispute resolution for Deaf people because of linguistic
inaccessibility and cultural non-recognition. Like other
linguistic minority groups who experience and resolve conflict
in a manner consistent with their social and communicative
norms Deaf people have some unique perspectives. The following
article illuminates some of these perspectives and explains
how mediators can address these differences when working with
Deaf people, in order to make mediation a more linguistically
and culturally respectful and responsive endeavor.