Deaf Culture #10

Posted on May 15, 2013 by paul

When talking with a deaf person through an interpreter, always look at the interpreter? This is false, although it is one of the hardest things for a hearing person to master.  From early childhood we are taught to give our attention to the person who is speaking.  Therefore, it is ingrained in us to look […]

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Deaf Culture #9

Posted on May 15, 2013 by paul

Deaf people should wear contrasting colors in order for people to see their signs? Not necessarily.  In general, this rule applies to an interpreter, or a Deaf individual that will be giving a presentation to a large crowd.  As you can guess, it is usually easier to see signs with a solid, contrasting background when […]

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Deaf Culture #8

Posted on May 15, 2013 by paul

How do you reference a person who is not in the same room while you are signing? (Point to a specific location in front of you)? If the person that you are referring to is not in the room, you can point to a specific location in front of you.  By doing so you “set […]

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Deaf Culture #7

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 by paul

The signs for male “gender” are: The “masculine” area of the face is near the forehead.  There are mixed theories on the reason for this, some saying that it is because men tend to be taller than women, and others say that it starts with the sign for “boy” (resembling the brim of a baseball […]

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Deaf Culture #6

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 by paul

90% of all deaf children are born to hearing parents? Surprisingly, this is true.  The other 10% are called DOD, or Deaf of Deaf, meaning that they are the Deaf children of Deaf adults.  DOD tends to be a title that is somewhat coveted in the Deaf community.  It is a source of pride that […]

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Deaf Culture #5

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 by paul

When signing a “yes” or “no” question, your eyebrows are always up? True.  Also, your body is leaned forward slightly and the duration of the last sign is extended.  This sounds complicated to remember, but if you take note of your body language each time you ask a “yes” or “no” question in English, you […]

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Deaf Culture #4

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 by paul

Cochlear Implants are widely accepted by the Deaf community? This is false, but it can be a confusing issue.  While people with Cochlear Implants are widely accepted in the Deaf community, the decision to implant yourself or your child is not accepted.  The practice of getting an implant is rejected because of what it represents.  […]

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Deaf Culture #3

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 by paul

The term “Hearing Impaired” is offensive? “Hearing Impaired” was once considered to be the politically correct term for someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing, but has since fallen out of favor. The word “impaired” is being used less and less to describe people, and rightfully so as “impaired” is defined as “weakened, diminished, […]

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Deaf Culture #2

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 by paul

American Sign Language is the same as English? Actually, ASL and English are very different.  ASL has its own linguistic structure, slang, and even idioms.  One of the easiest ways to show the difference between ASL and English is to look at the way a sentence is set up. In English, we use the Subject-Verb-Object-Temporal […]

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Myths about American Sign Language

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 by paul

Myth #1:  American Sign Language is Universal. American Sign Language is not universal.  This myth is often shared by the majority of the hearing community.  American Sign Language is learned by the majority of the Deaf community in North America.  In addition, there are other countries that have adopted American Sign Language as their form […]

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