ST. AUGUSTINE, FL -- Flagler College Education Professor Dr. Michella Maiorana-Basas discusses how to build bridges of understanding within and beyond the Deaf community, as well as the development of better connections between the local Deaf and Hearing communities in St. Augustine, Florida.
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According to Maiorana-Basas, divisions within the Deaf community regarding communicative and educational approaches have created political tension within the field. In her talk, she will discuss how professionals are working toward finding a place of unity and understanding, while remaining true to their philosophical identity. The partnerships, she said, are crucial to advancing progress in the Deaf education field.
Another area worth exploring, she added, is the development of better connections between the local Deaf and Hearing communities in St. Augustine.
“There is potential for developing strong partnerships that would help Deaf individuals feel more supported, and would contribute positively to their overall success,” Maiorana-Basas said. “The key is communication and having an understanding of the needs of the Deaf community.”
In her “Foundations of Deaf Education” course, the Flagler professor has been working with students to find more creative ways of building those bridges between community members, businesses and Deaf community. Her Community Lectures Series talk with address these issues, and possible opportunities of collaboration.
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