There is a growing controversy within the field of mental health and deafness over the understanding of deafness as a cultural identifier versus as a pathological condition. Meanwhile the development of postmodern ways of thinking about therapy in general offers a constructive paradigm from which to discuss this issue. Accordingly the author examines the meaning of deafness from a postmodern perspective as well as some implications of this view for therapy involving hearing therapists and deaf clients. She concludes that linguistic and cultural sensitivity on the part of the therapist is paramount in importance when the goal of therapy is to permit the freest possible exchange of ideas as well as the collaborative development of new meaning.
Wochar Torres, M. T. (1995). A Postmodern Perspective On The Issue of Deafness as Culture Versus Pathology. JADARA, 29(2). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol29/iss2/5