Debi Duren

Debi Duren 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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Considerations for Mediating with People Who Are Culturally Deaf (01/06/03)
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.