On ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’: exploring paradigms for achieving Sign Language Peoples’s rights

Autor/a: KUSTERS, Annelies; DE MEULDER, Maartje; FRIEDNER, Michele; EMERY, Steve
Año: 2015
Editorial: Göttingen: Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, 2015
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda, Legislación


The use of the concepts “diversity” and “inclusion” are analyzed with regard to deaf people, whom we call Sign Language Peoples (SLPs), specifically in policy discourses (as  used  by the World Federation of the Deaf and in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and academic discourses (particularly the conceptof Deaf Gain). Discussing such discourses, we evaluate the promises and perils of  “diversity” and “inclusion” in policy positions and scholarly analysis. We argue that in order for these concepts to be useful for SLPs in the achievement of rights, we need to foreground a specific understanding of  inclusion as societal inclusion, and diversity as needing a group  rights-based foundation.  As such,  we  explore different paradigms for understanding how SLPs are part of  diversity and how they can be included. As such, we contribute to scholarship and debate on inclusion and diversity beyond the particular case of  SLPs.