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Labels & Identity

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on 22 February 2016

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Transcript of Labels & Identity

Deaf Culture: Labels & Identity
Minority groups
are often
labeled
by the larger, surrounding community who are uninterested in how the group identifies itself.

This is especially true with individuals considered "disabled" or "handicapped".
"deaf and dumb"
The Deaf Community has been labeled
“deaf-and-dumb”
and
“deaf-mute”
in addition to handicapped, disabled, or abnormal.
Educating hearing people
Over the years the Deaf Community

has worked to educate hearing people about the
negative connotations
of many labels, preferring that a positive view of deafness and Deaf culture be respected.
"hard-of-hearing"
Hard-of-hearing refers to those individuals who have
some degree of deafness
and can use a spoken language, although hearing and speech skills vary from person to person.

Many hard-of-hearing people consider themselves to be
culturally Deaf
, meaning they fully participate in the Deaf Community.
Community
Deaf people from
cultural and linguistic minority
who language and experiences are unique.

When a group of people who share a language and come together to offer mutual support in pursuit of common goals and interest, a
community
is formed.

Over time, a culture develops from this community.
"hearing-impaired"
You may have see the term
hearing impaired
on TV or other media referring to deafness.

Many people in the Deaf Community prefer to sign DEAF instead of hearing-impaired due to the
negative of “impaired” or broken.”

Strangely, hearing people consider this term more polite than saying “Deaf.”

Deaf people are proud to be
Deaf
, and prefer to be called Deaf.
Labels & Identity
"Deaf Culture"
Deaf Culture is
shared experiences
of Deaf people that has its own
values,

social norms
(ways of doing things), a unique
history
, and a rich
tradition
of storytelling and poetry passed from generation to generation.

The common bond in Deaf Culture is the experience of being deaf and the use of American Sign Language.
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