Deaf culture

Quick facts

Our Deaf Population

To the eyes of the Hearing society, we are considered a marginalized community due to the stigma associating with deafness or hearing loss. Hearing people* is the term that we use when referring those who can hear at the medical norm; basically, someone who don’t have a hearing loss. Deaf sign language users are linguistic and cultural minorities, although some may or may not perceive themselves that way. Some may instead (or also) perceive as being part of the disability community. Not every person knows sign language or is involved with the Deaf community. There are those who are involved in the community, take pride in their identity and do not see themselves broken but rather a person of a linguistic-minority community. They are considered culturally Deaf people.

Within the Deaf population, there are multiple communities: Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened (DDBDDHHLD). Sadly, some of them would identify as “deaf and dumb” or “deaf and mute” in some countriesI implore you to please do not use these terms, it’s incredibility offensive and ignorant.  Some people may not identify within these identities (DDBDDHHLD) and may say hearing impaired. Some do not perceive it as an identity and may say “I have a hearing loss/hearing impairment” instead. There are unique perks, challenges, and privileges within these communities, such as for DeafBlind and DeafDisabled communities. For example, I am a Deaf person who can see. I have the privilege to see, therefore I am considered Deaf Sighted. As a culturally Deaf sighted person, some of my posts do not apply for the entire Deaf population. 

There are will be some terms that I may use that you may not be familiar with (i.e. “Hearing person”). You can find definitions at the bottom of the page.

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Posts about Deaf Culture

Although these posts are just the touch of the surface, you’ll have some basic ideas about our Deaf culture worldwide.

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Posts about Deaf Travel

There are couple of resources, stories and discussion about Deaf travel!

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Terms to know

I may mention these terms on my blog. If you’re unsure what the term means, you’ll find it here below.

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