Here, for our purposes, the term - Deaf Community - consists of individuals with varying communication modes and backgrounds, both deaf and hearing, who share common characteristics of hearing losses and/or deaf culture.
People in each of the five above groups may be connected with one or more of the following:
For our purposes, the deaf culture term includes ways of living, use of visual language, shared history and stories, and common values among people with diverse deaf characteristics within family, school, work, and social circles.
Hearing spouses/siblings of deaf adults (SODA), hearing children of deaf adults (CODA) and hearing parents of deaf children may be considered a part of deaf culture.
Diverse groups within the deaf community include those based on ethnicity, gender, lifestyle, career, leisure, and age. Yet within these groups, many deaf people as well as their hearing family members share similar experiences, tendencies, desires, and goals.
For examples, flexibility of communication modes, encouraging eye contact, use of auxiliary aids, participating in deaf festivals and sport competitions and/or others.
The following subjects appear in books, newspapers, magazines, videos, DVDs and/or others at your library and in which they have a connection with deaf culture – arts, history, language, literature, and hearing issues. Such subjects were a part of the list of over 1,000 subjects that E.D. Hirsch, author of a best seller, Cultural Literacy, said every American needs to know.
American Deaf Culture
Within Five Cultures
Please include deaf culture when celebrating annual events of the following: