Pyshnyy: Deaf people in Ukraine ‘are invisible’

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Nov. 12, 2010, 1:45 a.m. | Ukraine — by Elena Zhuk

Based in Dnipropetrovsk, the specialized orphanage school for deaf pupils (above) opened its doors on Sept. 1. (Ukrinform)
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Society as a whole has difficulty coping with the deaf.
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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2010, 1:55 a.m.    

Please see the reports of Natalia Adamiuk and Lesia Leshchenko in the Newspaper of UTOH Ukrainske Tovarystvo Hlukhykh Ukrainy. Both are currently in Edmonton, Canada visitng the Wester Canadian Centre for Studies in Deafness. There they are learning how sign language is legitimate in the western world and should be used for education and public communication. Much is changing in this regard in Ukraine.

Roman Petryshyn

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Anonymous Nov. 13, 2010, 2:22 a.m.    

I would be interested in the statistics of deafness in Ukraine. I noticed when I was last visiting that there were many deaf people in Ukraine. more then usual I thought. I also recall the death Olympic held in Melbourne in 2004. It was good seeing Ukraine's team signing away around the city wearing blue and yellow. The may not be heard but they are certainly seen. The Ukrainian team topped the medal tally in most events.

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Anonymous Nov. 13, 2010, 2:31 a.m.    

two million of the nation’s 46 million

This is a relatively high percentage. Is there a common cause, illness, cold weather or genetics? I think deafness is a social issue that effects not just Ukraine and poorer nations but also the Western world. Development of the cochlear implant and other technology is making a difference. I also thought Ukraine was more responsive then in the West, where in may cases the deaf are much more invisible.

Fully agree being Deaf is not the same as being mentally impaired. Far from it. If you visit a country and do not speak the language you begin to understand some of the issues and problems that death people face in day to day living. Still its not yet the same. The blind have it much more tougher.

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