Immersion in cross-cultural deaf communities : a personal reflection : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)]
The inspiration for this creative scrapbooking project was gleaned from the immersive experiences that I had while living at two separate Deaf schools. One of these schools was the Indiana School for the Deaf, where I had the opportunity to live, teach, volunteer, and take classes for both semesters of my sophomore year. The other Deaf community, in which I lived the summer after my junior year, was the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Both of these immersive experiences have influenced my personal and global perspectives and have deepened my heart for the Deaf community and its members. This scrapbook contains a compilation of reflections that document the growth I experienced during my time at these two schools. Four different sections are included in this book, which have allowed me to narrow my focus to the specific aspects of my immersion that have had the greatest impact on me. These sections include Culture, Schools, Students, and Staff. The reader will find short papers, journal entries, documented discussions, pictures with descriptions, and artwork within the sections of the scrapbook. This project has been a continuation of my development as a Deaf educator and member of the Deaf community, and it is my hope that its readers will grow in their understanding of the Deaf Culture as well.