Knowledge can change the world!
Dr. Joseph J. Murray’s work explores the many ways in which deaf people have lived as visual minorities in auditory societies. Through research, we can advance the human rights of all deaf people.
Deaf communities benefit from research showing the critical need for sign language for our human rights. Check out the WFD’s Position Statement on the Language Rights of Deaf Children, translated into International Sign:
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Dr. Murray has published research in the areas of language rights, human rights, history, deaf studies and applied linguistics. He is well-known as the co-originator of the concept of Deaf Gain and has also published widely on best practices in the implementation of the CRPD for deaf people.
Deaf Gain is a reframing of deafness as a form of cognitive and sensory diversity that offers a vital contribution to the public good. Click here to see work on Deaf Gain in English and other languages.
Language rights are a fundamental precondition for deaf people’s enjoyment of full human rights. Click here to learn about inclusive education per the CRPD, sign language rights, and translanguaging, among other topics in Human Rights, Language Rights, and Applied Linguistics.
Deaf Studies & Deaf History
A trained historian, Dr. Murray’s home field is Deaf Studies and here you can find his work on the history of transnational deaf communities and co-equality, among others.