Learn About Deaf Culture

Because we exist too.

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Quick Facts

Deafness is a spectrum. There is no this or that.

Our communities are so diverse with different experiences, privileges, needs, and intersectional identities that impact who we are and our experiences. Avoid painting all of us in one brush stroke.

Offensive terms when talking about us: hearing impaired, mute, deaf and dumb, deaf and mute.

Identities we may use relating to deafness: Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Late-Deafened, and some will identify themselves hearing impaired too. There are also some who don’t see deafness as an identity, so they may have a different way to disclose it, such as “I have a hearing loss,” “I have hearing impairment”, etc. Always ask them how they identify themselves or disclose their disability first.

Not every Deaf or Hard of Hearing person knows sign language and/or raised within the deaf communities.

⤳ Cochlear Implants or hearing aids are not a cure. Punto (Period).

⤳ Some deaf people do speak (speaking privilege) with or without deaf accent, some people chose when and when not to speak (like me), and some deaf people don’t speak. Lip-reading is not something that we’re all naturally skilled at either. Lip-reading isn’t like reading a book.

There is NO universal sign language, and there shouldn’t be one. Like spoken languages, there are many sign languages around the world. Sign Languages are real languages too with its own grammatical rules, etc. We even have our own slangs too!

When learning sign languages, learn from the Deaf communities, not from hearing people (referring to those who are not living with deafness or hearing loss). And in case if you’re wondering why, then let’s think about this: would you rather learn Japanese language from a Japanese person or from a white person (with no Japanese heritage)? It’s pretty likely you’d prefer to learn from a Japanese person. So then, why are we any different? Sign Languages are created from Deaf communities, not hearing people.

Start with this:

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Learn ASL online from the Deaf communities!

While American Sign Language (ASL) are dominantly used in the United States, it’s also important to recognize that there are also Black ASL, Hawai’i Sign Language, Plains Indian Sign Language, and ProTactile. If you are residing in another country, it may be very likely that they have their own sign language, and I highly recommend you learn their sign language, not ASL. 


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Videos about the Deaf Communities Around the World

English Closed Captions and transcript are all available via youtube videos. 

Read travel stories from different Deaf Travelers

See the world through their eyes.

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