Breaking down the barriers: D/deaf people and issues of access to adult social care services

mitchell, louise (2012) Breaking down the barriers: D/deaf people and issues of access to adult social care services. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this research study was to critically explore issues of access to adult social care services for D/deaf people, with the overall aim of improving access for this service user group at a local level. A qualitative, action research approach was utilised which took the form of a semi-structured focus group with six D/deaf participants and was facilitated by a hearing researcher. The focus group was conducted in British Sign Language, with the support of two professionally qualified interpreters. The obstacles that the participants identified as preventing them from effectively accessing services were then analysed.
    The study found that D/deaf people have significant difficulties accessing services and experience inherent discrimination due to the dominant medical discourses of deafness and disability and oralist ideology. On the basis of the findings, the researcher developed a working model to highlight the key issues for service providers in promoting access and social inclusion for D/deaf people and made a number of recommendations for service providers, including accessible information, deaf awareness training and involving D/deaf people in the planning and delivery of services.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 12:19
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:06
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8787

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