Deaf Culture

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Every human being is born to develop their five senses; sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Not all humans develop these five senses in their life. One of the senses that commonly does not develop or is at loss when growing up is hearing. Those people that are hard of hearing or have a loss of hearing are classified as deaf. There are many deaf people in the world, it can range from 5 million to 40 million people. The population of people who are deaf is so large, they even have their own Deaf culture or community. The Deaf culture is best defined as a social group of people who consider deafness to be a difference in human experience. Most people believe it’s a disability, but it’s not. It is assumed that if you are deaf you are …show more content…
These are just some diverse Deaf cultures recognized nationally, but there are many more worldwide too. Many diverse Deaf cultures tend to recognize their diversity as their first culture and then the Deaf culture as a second cultural identity. This is because many people see their skin color first and recognize them by their looks, rather then know anything about them personally. Deaf people are divided by language barriers also just like hearing people are. There are all kinds of languages in sign language worldwide. You can find different signs with British Sign, American Sign, Auslan (Australian) Sign and even Spanish Sign. There are so many more different sign languages out in the world, just like there are many different spoken languages in the world. Also behind every sign language it has grammar rules and vocabulary, making it a distinct language. Slowly more and more people are starting to recognize the different varieties of the Deaf culture among us today. The way the diverse groups of the Deaf culture were keeping the community alive was by creating Deaf clubs. Many schools forbade the use of sign

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language and provided Deaf students with oral speech therapists instead. With creating Deaf clubs outside of school, it was the only way of keeping the Deaf community going. They would play sports, hold

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