Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Teaching and Learning (Education)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Elizabeth Harry - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Batya Elbaum - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Marjorie Montague - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Alexandra Quittner - Committee Member
The majority of deaf children are born to hearing parents. The fact that many of these children use sign language as their primary form of communication poses a unique language barrier between them and their hearing families. In addition, for children who are born into Hispanic families, these children have limited access to Hispanic and Deaf cultures unless their families actively pursue involvement with those communities. Data were collected through ethnographic interviews and limited participant observation and analyzed by means of grounded theory methodology. The study investigated how Hispanic mothers communicate with their deaf children who use ASL as their primary language, as well as how these mothers view Deafness as a culture.
Sign Language; Family Communication; Spanish-speaking Mothers; ASL; American Sign Language
Alfano, Alliete Rodriguez, "Communication and Culture: Implications for Hispanic Mothers with Deaf Children" (2007). Open Access Dissertations. 61.