Statistics for deafness and hearing loss increase with age with more elderly experiencing the condition the young children. More men than women experience hearing loss and statistics show that children out of 1, are born deaf or have some degree of hearing loss. The greatest percentages of hearing impaired persons that comprise the deaf community are seniors that are years-old and over.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Oxford University Press,pp. Holcomb, presents a comprehensive exploration of American Deaf culture.
Chapter 2 addresses the crux of this book: The author emphasizes the relationship between culture and language, and what he has to say could not be more true for Deaf people and their signed languages.
Holcomb delves further into his topic by comparing and contrasting American culture, more specifically, middle-class, white, hearing Americans, with Deaf American culture. This juxtaposition of cultures is beneficial in particular for people familiar with one or the other, as Holcomb shares specific characteristics of American culture, such as individualism and independence, which are in stark contrast to Deaf American culture, with its emphasis on collectivism and interdependence.
Chapter 4 focuses on the journey of cultural awareness, which comprises several stages on the way to achieving a positive sense of self and Deaf identity.
Chapters 5 and 6 explore early definitions of Deaf culture and current attempts to reframe it as the Deaf experience based on values stemming from a visual orientation. For instance, ASL has only one sign for music, song, sing, and concert—yet more than a dozen signs for different types of deaf and hearing people.
Bilingualism and the history of ASL are briefly touched upon, including prescriptive and descriptive perspectives of the language.
Literature and the arts, pivotal areas of cultural awareness, as well as appreciation of and expression by Deaf people are covered in chapters 8 and 9. Literature of the Deaf community comes in many forms, including written English literature and signed ASL literature.
For example, Holcomb demonstrates signs, linguistic information, and poetry that he himself has produced and also shares with their permission classic and contemporary literature by other Deaf artists and performers. Representing a departure from analyzing culture and language, chapter 10 focuses on culturally acceptable behavior within the Deaf community.
Leave taking, persistence in contact, letting others know of your destination, reporting back, detailed introductions, and name signs are examples of unique cultural behaviors associated with Deaf people and Deaf culture.
Holcomb does not stop here but ventures in more unfamiliar territory, discussing unwritten rules when it comes to qualifying for board positions or athletic events designed for Deaf people and not for deaf people? Privacy, attention-getting techniques, detailed descriptions, as well as directness and openness are also discussed as social behaviors typically associated with Deaf people.
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You are not currently authenticated. View freely available titles:Most hearing people are completely clueless when it comes to Deaf people, the Deaf community, and Deaf culture.
This film on PBS probably opened thousands of hearing people’s eyes to the intriguing lives of Deaf people. Students from the St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, Cincinnati, Ohio, The deaf culture is very important to the deaf community in this paper I will tell you some examples of this amazing culture.
Many people of the hearing community might think of a deaf person as "handicapped" but if you called a deaf person this, they would be offended. The film’s main character, Libby, is played by six-year-old Deaf actor Maisie Sly, a native to BSL.
Rachel Shenton, who wrote and starred in the film as Joanne, made her Oscar acceptance speech. The HeART of Deaf Culture: Literary and Artistic Expressions of Deafhood is a new DVD set exploring Deaf visual art, theater, cinema, American Sign Language literature and more.
It is available through RIT/NTID's product page. - Deaf Culture In mainstream American society, we tend to approach deafness as a defect. Helen Keller is alleged to have said, "Blindness cuts people off from things; deafness cuts people off from people." (ardatayazilim.com) This seems a very accurate description of what Keller's world must have been.
Oct 12, · As Deaf Culture Changes, So Do the Questions In a special edition of Talk of the Nation, host Neal Conan talks about the future of deaf education and the controversy surrounding the appointment of.