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Deaf Culture

What I have learned this semester about deaf culture
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Melanie Sell

on 10 May 2011

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Ashley Fiolek The youngest ever Two-time WMA champion.
Two-Time X Games gold medalist in Super X.
The first woman to be signed by the Red Bull Racing Team
First girl to be featured on the cover of Transworld Motocross magazine. Biography Born: October 22, 1990
Live: St. Augustine, Florida
Family: Born deaf to hearing parents
Education: Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
Racing: Started competing at age 7.
Career Paths: Wrote Book "Kicking Up Dirt" published in 2010. Largest school for the deaf and blind in US
Founded in 1885
Residential School
Includes 47 major buildings on 80 acres of land
specific job training for after graduation
70% of students continue on to colleges after completion of high school

What I learned I never knew that deaf people could race in the same competitions (with regards to motorcross) with hearing people. also was extremely surprised that she can feel the vibrations of her bike and that is her signal to know when to shift. I dont think I could ever learn to do that with a bike or a car. I think that it is awesome that she does not look at it as a disability and that she has very high goals that she sets for herself and challenges herself to do the best she can, no matter if she is deaf or not. The "Sum Up" of all DCPs I think that DCPs really helped me understand that being deaf is not a handicap or disadvantage whatsoever. Deaf people can do anything they want including creating music, being comedians, dancing, and even racing motorcross. I also learned that there is a social stigma about deaf people that they are less educated or less able to do different things that hearing people can, but this class has contradicted that point many times. Melanie Sell
DCP #5
5-10-2011
ASL 101 References Ashley Fiolek. (n.d.). Ashley Fiolek. Retrieved May 10, 2011, from http://ashleyfiolek.com/#/post/-1 About | Florida School for The Deaf & The Blind. (n.d.). Florida School for The Deaf & The Blind. Retrieved May 10, 2011, from http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/about Redbull. (2009, November 15). YouTube- Ashley Fiolek . YouTube- Broadcast Yourself. . Retrieved May 10, 2011, from http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=dPRaqp05l4g Likes Dislikes I really liked that Ashley talks about her deafness as something that she loves and is proud of. She is not ashamed of it or embarassed. She talks about some difficulties she has with regards to riding such as- not being able to hear people behind her, so she needs to pay extra attention, and also how she knows when to shift gears based on the vibrations. That is awesome. One thing that bothered me about this short film was that they focused more on her face while she was signing than her hands, which made it difficult to see what she was signing. In some shots of her talking, I couldnt even see her hands, which I thought was funny and counterproductive since one of her target audiences is the deaf population considering the fact that they mention her deafness everytime they mention Ashley.
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