Volume 2, Number 1 (2011)
The History of Deaf Language and Education in Trinidad and Tobago since 1943
The histories of deaf people around the world have frequently been neglected. One reason for this is that the native languages of deaf people are signed, and there is no widely used system for transcribing signed languages. In many countries, deaf people have typically had little access to literacy in a spoken language as an alternative format. As a result of such factors, there are few textual historical records produced by deaf Trinbagonians, and their history has largely been overlooked. This paper focuses on the development of the education of deaf children in Trinidad and Tobago since the first school for the deaf opened in 1943.