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MARIN, Carla Regina  and  GOES, Maria Cecília Rafael de. The experience of deaf people in the spheres of daily activities. Cad. CEDES [online]. 2006, vol.26, n.69, pp. 231-249. ISSN 0101-3262.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-32622006000200007.

This paper analyzes statements of deaf subjects on the ways they participate to spheres of activities in which different segments of the population circulate in their everyday life (at work, in commercial places and in public services, for example). The interviews reveal that the deaf are faced with difficulties in situations that, usually, are banal for hearing people. Furthermore, the interviewed show a very partial recognition of the unsatisfactory and unequal conditions for their insertion in these different spaces, and admit their dependency on the hearing as natural or even blame themselves for their problems. The analyses manifest that the political changes announced occur in an inconsistent way. "Eliminating attitude and communication barriers" implies coping with issues linked to the power relationships between deaf and hearing people and cannot be conceived of as a sum of localized initiatives.

Keywords : Deafness; Bilingual training; Social inclusion.

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