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Transcript of Deafhood
Non-deaf people unable to use ASL were perceived as incomplete, “sign-impaired” citizens
If hearing people joined Deaf people and learned their language and their culture, the quality of their lives would be improved. Colonialism—one cultural group, not only trying to control another group, but also trying to impose its culture on subordinate groups. This includes controlling education and language.
This occurred in the Deaf community in the late 19th and 20th century.
ASL banned from education
Deaf teachers, principles, and staff fired
Deaf community weakened considerably
Deaf students performed poorly in schools
Deafhood was threatened when many hearing people attempted to compare ASL and English. Oralism & Colonialism Deaf identity is stronger
More Deaf people are embracing Deafhood and realizing that being deaf can be a good thing
Some Deaf people are trying to have deaf children
Ex: a Deaf lesbian couple wanting a deaf child
New generations are being educated through ASL
New, larger ways of being Deaf have come into being in the 21st century, such as immersing oneself in Deaf arts. Today What do you think is in store for the future with regards to Deafhood? What is it? Deafhood Knowledge of the Past Positive Attitude Question Recognizing that Deaf communities and cultures have been oppressed for about 120 years until the end of the 20th century. Pride If you were born again and had the choice, you would rather be deaf than hearing.
You are able to see the numerous benefits of being deaf:
Exposed to a rich deaf culture
Discover the power and beauty of ASL
Having above-normal abilities with spatial perception and cognition, etc.
Deaf people who are brought up orally and do not seek to learn about ASL or deaf culture do not embrace deafhood.
Using deafness as a means of acquiring strength. Deafness is not associated with loss, but with positive difference and gain.
Embrace "Deafness," not just deafness.
Successfully confronting and overcoming negative feelings related to deafness. Disability does not lead to the treatment; rather, treatment "creates" the disability. Should Deafhood be characterized by refusing to receive this medication? "The Crab Theory" - Some deaf people want to isolate themselves in an oppressed Deaf bubble and force others to stay in there
The "less-successful" deaf people criticize and hold back the "more-successful" ones
Different concept of Deafhood - expand and adopt new ideas of Deafhood; explore hearing world
Two different groups of deaf people:
1) Want to be isolated and keep the idea of Deafhood amongst themselves
2) Want to educate hearing people about Deaf language and culture
The latter sums up our own definition of Deafhood. Final Questions What factors lead to the development of Deafhood?
When you think of the word "Deafhood," what is the first thing that comes to mind? Final Questions When you think of the word "Deafhood," what is the first thing that comes to mind? Origins of Deafhood Our Experiences What factors lead to the development of Deafhood? DEAF CULTURE