Role Models as Facilitators of Social Capital for Deaf Individuals: A Research Synthesis

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Deaf individuals often experience barriers such as negative attitudes, prejudice, and reduced accessibility in school and work environments. The purpose of this article was to explore the unique contributions of role models for deaf individuals. We reviewed and summarized findings from role models research and identified four key themes across the literature. Our findings suggest that role models positively influence deaf individuals' personal development, achievement in academics, and employment.