Deaf woman earns Ph.D from hearing university

Yoshida graduates with Ph.D

Hitomi Yoshida (31), a Deaf graduate student majoring in life mechanism research course at Showa Women's University, earned the Ph.D. She was conferred the degree on March 8, and will start to work as a full-time instructor at the University in April.

After Yoshida got a BA from Hosei University and an MA from Showa Women's University, she worked for a commercial establishment called "Parco" taking the charge of public relations for three years. Later she started study in the Ph.D course at Showa Women's University in 2006.

For her dissertation, she took a survey from 15 Deaf university students to find how the support is available to the Deaf students at higher education institutions. She got the findings: lectures in the classroom mainly spoken were not understood easily by the Deaf students. The majority of them replied that they preferred interpreting for small-size classroom discussions, and note-taking for lectures in the large classroom.

Yoshida spoke of her aspiration, "I want to learn more about the needs of persons with disabilities including the Deaf individuals, and to make the education necessary for their social participation more available".

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