Some facts about Deaf Culture


Some facts about Deaf Culture

-"Hearing people often think of deafness as simply "an inability to hear." Being Deaf, though, is about more than just whether or not a person can hear-it's about being part of a community with its own history, values, and culture. Let's take a look at some of the more surprising facts about Deaf culture and how it differs from hearing culture." -Deaf Culture is not universal While American Sign Language is used in the United States and Canada, most countries have their own distinct sign languages. Just as American Sign Language is unrelated to spoken English, the sign languages of other countries have their own unique histories separate from the origins and histories of their countries' respective spoken languages. -Look at Face not hands, when communicating If you watch Deaf people sign, you'll notice that they look at each other's faces, not hands, when communicating. People who are learning to sign often fixate on the signer's hands, which looks unnatural and can hinder effective communication. This is because facial expressions are just as important for communication in sign language as using the hands and can have a huge impact on the meaning that is being conveyed. -Getting someones attention To get someone's attention, Deaf people might tap someone on the shoulder. Or, they might bang or tap on a table so that the vibrations cause everyone at the table to look toward the source of the vibrations. In a large group or classroom setting, flashing the lights off and on is a common way to get everyone's attention. It's rude to wave your hands right in front of a Deaf person's face to get their attention. Just gently tap them on the shoulder instead. It's ok to wave your hand, though, if you're too far away for a shoulder tap.

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