Welcome to the Best Practices in Caring for the Deaf Patient research guide! This guide will help you identify a variety of resources to assist medical professionals to communicate with Deaf patients and understand Deaf culture.
The term audism was coined in 1975 in an unpublished article written by American communication and language researcher Tom L. Humphries as a way to describe discrimination against persons who are deaf.
According to Humphries, audism manifests “in the form of people who continually judge deaf people’s intelligence and success on the basis of their ability in the language of the hearing culture.” It also appears when deaf people themselves “actively participate in the oppression of other deaf people by demanding of them the same set of standards, behavior, and values that they demand of hearing people."
Rebecca Gagne compiled and developed the original version of this guide as a project during her internship at MCPHS library. (As of May 8, 2018, all content is still original.)