Deaf Culture #1

Posted on Jan 09, 2013 by paul

Is American Sign Language universal? A common assumption about American Sign Language is that it is universal. This is, in fact, false. Just as spoken language has many variations, so does sign language. Many of the variations are members of related families of languages and many are independent of any other influences. Some of the […]

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“You Have to be Deaf to Understand” Poem by Willard J. Madsen

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 by paul

What is it like to “hear” a hand? You have to be deaf to understand! What is it like to be a small child, In a school, in a room void of sound — With a teacher who talks and talks and talks; And then when she does come around to you, She expects you […]

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Changing Times = Changing Signs!

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 by paul

First, we’re back! August was a bit of a vacation month with exciting things happening at ASLdeafined, which you’ll be hearing about via our upcoming newsletter and blogs. Meanwhile though, did you know that American Sign Language, just with any other language, changes over time? This can really Jargogle people, especially first time learners. But […]

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Posted on Aug 10, 2012 by paul

As you work through American Sign Language lessons and read up on Deaf Culture, it is important to remember that deaf people have a sense of humor, too! Whatever aspect of deaf life you may be exploring, you should never forget to treat deaf individuals the same way you would your own friends and family. […]

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Deaf Popular Culture

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 by paul

In our blogs we have often used the term Deaf Culture, but that takes on a little different meaning if you just add the word “Pop” in between. There are certain very recognizable celebrities in Deaf Pop Culture, such as the famous actress Marlee Matlin, who has starred in a successful film version of Children […]

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Deaf Dogs?

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 by paul

Perhaps in a future blog entry we will extend the topic of deafness to the animal kingdom. For this entry, we wanted to highlight what the animal kingdom does for the Deaf. As you may have guessed, there are indeed service dogs for the Deaf. Paws with a Cause is one of the organizations that […]

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Does Being Deaf Make Sense?

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 by paul

The title of this blog is actually a little play on words, because it is literally about the myth (or perhaps, reality) surrounding the idea that if one sense is missing, others will be enhanced. There are a lot of differing opinions and studies that attempt to address this issue. Rather than attempt to cover […]

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Careers of the Deaf

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 by paul

So far recent blogs have briefly highlighted the origins of deafness and touched on family dynamics. Yet, what about where most of us spend the bulk of our time? Work. For hearing people reading this, it is important to remember that deaf people can do anything anyone else can do, except hear. Which means, deaf […]

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Family Dynamics for the Deaf

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 by paul

We at ASLdeafined would not presume to know the ins and outs of the family lives of those in the Deaf Community, as it is as varied as anyone’s family structure and experience. Yet, we felt it important to note some of the potentially unique situations that present themselves for the deaf. For example, it […]

Read More Featured on Channel 4 (WDIV) in Detroit

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 by paul

Get the Flash Player to see this player. ASLdeafined was featured on WDIV Channel 4 in Detroit.  Make sure you turn on your speakers.  Unfortunately, this video is not closed captioned.

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