Tuesday, April 03, 2007

interlude: are you deaf? take this survey!

UPDATE: I didn't mean to appear discriminatory in this post! Hearing graduate students should feel free to advertise too...

Take a ten-minute survey! From a grad student friend of mine, Mel:

Hello dear friends,

If you are DEAF, I am calling upon your kindness in hopes that you will take 10 minutes to copy/paste (or click) this link, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=415242974027 into your URL and complete a very short multiple choice survey about the barriers that Deaf people experience in terms of accessing mental health treatment. It's for my thesis, so I need at least 30 responses in the next month, and anything you can do to help will be repaid by the karmic forces that govern the lives of graduate students. ANY Deaf person from any state, any educational level, any language usage, and so on would be welcomed as a respondent.

Please forward this to every Deaf person in your address book. When you follow the link, your responses will be entered completely anonymously.

Thank you in advance,
Mel Whalen

Deaf people doing research on Deaf people for the betterment of Deaf lives? Rocks! DEAF ROCKS! DEAF PET ROCKS! DEAF PETS ROCK!

Other Deaf graduate students doing projects? PLEASE! Feel free to advertise any surveys, links etc. in the comments!


TC said...

You are right. Deaf people doing research on Deaf people rock! We should stop doing surveys for hearing people who are doing research on Deaf people. Boycott research done by hearing people!!

Joseph Rainmound said...

Well, no, I don't want to boycott anyone's research! Although, you know, there's always the frustrating element of being the bug under the microscope...

Ideally, I think there should be two partners in Deaf research, to help do meta-research. There will be things that are obvious to the Deaf person that will not be obvious to the hearing person during the course of research. When the hearing person asks questions, it helps the Deaf person know what to include in publications. For example, a Deaf person might abbreviate the ILY sign in all their papers and never explain, but a hearing person not totally familiar with Deaf culture might recognize the sign but not the written abbreviation... that kind of thing, but also bigger issues, it was just an example.