Working With Deaf Persons Within The Counseling Context

Deaf persons come from numerous identities ranging from gender, sexuality and ethnicity. The majority of these people are born in hearing families that have not mastered American Sign Language (ASL). Deaf persons in such families may not only learn to accept their disability, but also grow up feeling inferior. For instance, they may experience the 'dinner table syndrome' whereby the family members narrate their daily occurrences during a meal using speech, thereby alienating the deaf person from the group.