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Our Human Capacity for Language: Insights from Signed Languages

June 15, 2016 — 

If we truly value human diversity we will stop trying to make everyone “normal” and gain the rich benefits of different perspectives, says Dr. Charlotte Enns, associate dean of Graduate & Professional Programs, and Research.

Delivered at an independently organized TEDx event at University of Manitoba, Dr. Enns’ talk focuses on the visual strengths of deaf children and how signed languages can open our eyes to the diverse ways of making meaning in the world.

Dr. Enns worked as speech-language therapist before completing her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, and she is very interested in the relationship between language and learning, and specifically the language and literacy development of deaf students.

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