Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Janet Bradshaw


As the diversity in the demographics of clinical populations increases in the United States, clinicians must also be accountable for learning the culture of their patients. The Deaf community, specifically individuals who identify with Deaf culture and Black Deaf culture, is a multifaceted, cultural group that has been marginalized within various settings including social, political, and employment settings, including academic and clinical research. This review will examine the historical developments within Deaf History in the United States, the injustices related to Deaf culture, and more specifically Black Deaf culture, and discuss the critical need for Deaf research and tools that clinicians should use when working with Deaf individuals in educational environments and clinical care.