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Puerto Rico: Deaf Community

  • By: Amarilys Galloza-Carrero
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Although Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, the Puerto Rican Deaf community has its own language, education system, and laws. As a result, the Puerto Rican Deaf community has a unique and complex history.

Puerto Rico and Deaf Perception

Deaf Puerto Ricans encounter several challenges as members of the Puerto Rican culture. To better understand the Puerto Rican Deaf community, it is important to consider the community’s specific historical and political context, as well as the social perspective the majority of hearing Puerto Ricans hold toward the Deaf community.

Puerto Rico is an island located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico is the main island of an archipelago ...

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