Deaf Culture Research Paper

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The deaf culture is the most unique of any other culture, subculture, or counterculture. While it consist of values, norms, and a very vast history, it is what they are that make the culture different from most others.The history of the deaf culture explains the many opportunities given to the deaf and hard of hearing today, such as education. However, many of these opportunities took much fighting for. For example, there were many heated debates discussing manual and oral speech, and many more discussing the cochlear implant. The history of the deaf culture also exemplifies the many unfortunate hardships that the deaf community faced then, and/or are facing today. The deaf community had faced discrimination for centuries. Beginning with the…show more content…
As for values, there are many that could be closely similar to that of hearing people, while some could be completely different. There are a few of the aspects of a deaf person’s way of life are aspects that would never normally be used by hearing people, such as the importance of deaf schools over mainstreaming schools, cochlear implants, ASL being the dominant language, learning more than one language rather than solely English, and deaf clubs over mainstreaming social activities, interpreters and sign language, although some hearing people choose to learn sign language, and occasionally even become interpreters. Relying on body language are examples of values of the deaf culture that can also be used by hearing people, but are not used as much by them. Some of these values are used almost as much by hearing people as they are by the deaf, sometimes just as much, and sometimes even more. These include vibration alerting systems, video chatting, captioning for movies or television shows, and texting. The deaf culture also has its norms, like any other culture would. Some examples include using ASL with fellow members of the deaf community, and using signed English among hearing people. Facial expression is very important when signing, due to the fact of not being able to hear tone in one’s voice. The use of tongue when speaking is important as well. In sign language, there is a special type of sign called a directional, which is when a sign involves pointing in order to direct a sign at someone. For example, the sign for “help” is a directional, because when a person signs the word “help”, the direct it to the person in need of help. Eye contact and straight forward talking are also important in deaf communication. Group norms are also a part of the deaf culture. Include in this is the idea of a deaf person only marrying another deaf person. A marriage

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