Anna Kleinert

Date of Defense



Social Work


This paper examines the numerous historical influences and cultural dynamics of the Deaf World and how those factors create ingrained perceptions of the hearing and the deaf. As cultural differences between two populations often give rise to communication barriers and misunderstandings, the same is true of the deaf and hearing worlds. These obstacles, in addition to the historical treatment of the deaf, impact the number and type of services and resources available to those with hearing loss. While there are a number of different resources available at the national level for the deaf and hard of hearing populations, fewer options are available at the state, local, and collegiate levels.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only