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Societies 2018, 8(3), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030053

Is the Right to Access to the Services and Supports Ensured for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children? An Ethnographic Study Based on the Experience of Hearing Parents

École de Travail Social, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB E1A 3E9, Canada
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Received: 19 June 2018 / Revised: 13 July 2018 / Accepted: 14 July 2018 / Published: 18 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Participation and Human Rights)
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The right of people with disabilities to access services and supports they need is internationally recognized by the United Nations’ Convention (CRPD) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, deaf and hard-of-hearing children face obstacles to access services requested by their parents. As part of a broader ethnographic research project focused on the experience of Francophone hearing parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, this study explores the obstacles encountered by parents in their struggle to ensure that the needs of their children are met. 117 parents from Canada (n = 52), Belgium (n = 15), France (n = 23), and Switzerland (n = 27) participated in an in-depth interview. The main findings show that parents face important difficulties to access the available services due to their rural location, situated far from the main health services and due to the long wait times. Also, the unavailability of some of the rehabilitation and educational services represent another important obstacle that leads parents to become the main advocates for their children rights. Finally, some lines of action to implement the CRPD provisions are drawn to contribute to the right of deaf and hard-of-hearing children to access to the services they need. View Full-Text
Keywords: deaf; hard-of-hearing; children; hearing parents; rights; access; services; ethnography deaf; hard-of-hearing; children; hearing parents; rights; access; services; ethnography
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Puyaltó, C.; Gaucher, C.; Beaton, A.M. Is the Right to Access to the Services and Supports Ensured for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children? An Ethnographic Study Based on the Experience of Hearing Parents. Societies 2018, 8, 53.

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