A QUICK OVERVIEW: WHAT WE LEARNED Many new American Sign Language (ASL) signs How the Deaf Culture operates Aspects of the Deaf Community How to communicate with the Deaf How to put our knowledge into play
THE DEAF CULTURE The Deaf do not consider themselves different than the “hearing” world The Deaf can do everything that hearing people can do The term “Hard-of-Hearing” is no longer used for the Deaf
THE DEAF COMMUNITY The Deaf community is very tight-knit Community gatherings and events occur on a regular basis
DEAF EXPERIENCES Deaf Chat – Gathering of Deaf people at a local coffee chat for a chance for many Deaf, hearing, and ASL students to get together and “chat”. Class with Deaf student – On campus, we attended a class with a Deaf student who uses the aide of an interpreter.
READER ANALYSISRachel: Megan: “Empowering Deaf “When the Client Consumers Through Signs” the Use of Deaf and “Spiritual Life and Hearing Interpreter Teams” Mental Health” “The Child Who is Deaf “Issues and and Hearing Parents” Implications of Deaf “Trends and Culture in Therapy” Challenges in Teacher Preparation in Deaf Education”
CUT AND PASTE JOURNAL “FOR HEARING PEOPLE ONLY” “Sign language is not impervious to change. It can grow; it can adapt to modern needs. All signers can participate in the process of re-creating a language that reflects modern sensibilities, cultural sensitivity, and respect for diversity. There is always room for improvement – and for creativity.” “It’s perfectly okay to be fascinated by Deaf culture and the way Deaf people communicate, and quite understandable to be intrigued by seeing them signing in public.” “In case you’re wondering if movie theaters and the home-video industry are covered by the ADA, the answer is no. ... It’s strictly voluntary.”
CUT AND PASTE JOURNAL “FOR HEARING PEOPLE ONLY” “Most Deaf people appreciate a hearing stranger’s interest…If you get rebuffed, don’t take it personally. Take it in stride, as a negative learning experience. It happens to all of us.” “We believe that deaf children should be exposed to sign language as well as speech, as part of a Total Communication or Bilingual-Bicultural curriculum. They can choose whatever mode they feel comfortable with.” “Obviously, not all career possibilities are equally feasible. Everyone has talents. Everyone has limitations. Everyone has abilities. And everyone has disabilities. Nothing is accomplished without risk and sacrifice. We deserve the right to fail as well as to succeed.”
SIMPLE SIGNS TO KNOW Please Drink Thank You More Yes Finished No Bathroom Food Help