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Culture : The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

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Our world is made up of billions of people, all roaming the earth together. Each individual is unique in their own way; each with their own story to tell. They all come from different ethnic groups, speak different languages, and follow different religions. This uniqueness of an individual can be classified as culture. According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language; Culture is defined as the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought. (Harcourt, 2015) A culture group that is often misunderstood, or entirely forgotten is the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Looking closely at this group one can see that though members come from diverse backgrounds, the bond of being deaf as well as the individuality of their own language, American Sign Language, helps create their own enriched culture and community.
Additional culture can be seen as various groups of people who develop distinctive ways of describing, valuing and behaving in the world. (Smith, Lentz, & Mikos, 2008) The Deaf culture consist of Deaf people who are normal everyday people just like you and me, who perceive themselves as members of a linguistic minority group. Many Deaf people see themselves as members of a cultural entity and therefore reject the notion that they are disabled. For them they are normal in every sense expect for the minor inconvenience of being unable to hear. (Holcomb, 2013) As a member of the
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