Impressions of the Deaf Culture and Community Essay

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Abstract
The deaf culture is one that I am not familiar with. No one in my immediate family or none of my close friends are deaf so I have not been exposed to it during my lifetime. I decided to take an American Sign Language course in high school to not only learn the language, but to learn about the deaf culture as well. I would like to someday be fluent in sign language so that I can cater to the deaf community while conducting business. Conducting research, I learned a lot about to deaf community. Deaf people are presumed to have a disability because they do not have the ability to use all five senses. The Deaf community is a cultural group, sharing common experience, concerns, and language

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Some people do not necessarily want to learn the deaf language, but instead or forced to for reasons such as: having a deaf parent or loved one, needing it for a job, or learning it for a mandatory school class. Some deaf people prefer the use of American Sign Language, but others do not. The deaf people that adapt American Sign Language allows them to communicate with the hearing English speaking community easily. Some deaf people that try to speak are considered as behaving inappropriately by other members of the deaf culture. In Constructing Deafness, Susan Gregory speaks of how there may or may not necessarily be a such thing as a deaf culture. By culture, the author meant a distinct way of life that every deaf person follows. With this definition, the answer is no. There is no such thing as a deaf culture because each and every deaf person spends their lives differently doing different things. There is no reason that a deaf person should have to live like another deaf person to not offend them. A striking statistic I read in the books is Deaf people have better driving records than hearing people. This shows that deaf people tend to be more cautious than hearing people and may take their time and not rush as much as a hearing person would. I also read that deaf people develop keener senses of observation, feeling, taste, and smell to compensate for their loss of hearing. Looking at…

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