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Labels & Identity
Transcript of Labels & Identity
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
in addition to handicapped, disabled, or abnormal.
Educating hearing people
Over the years the Deaf Community
has worked to educate hearing people about the
of many labels, preferring that a positive view of deafness and Deaf culture be respected.
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
, meaning they fully participate in the Deaf 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
Over time, a culture develops from this community.
You may have see the term
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
, and prefer to be called Deaf.
Labels & Identity
Deaf Culture is
of Deaf people that has its own
(ways of doing things), a unique
, and a rich
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.