The Importance Of The Deaf Culture

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“Being deaf does not make you dumb, just as being hearing does not make you smart.” The author of this quote is unknown, but the concept behind these words is true in every aspect: hearing people do not know much about the Deaf culture. Our world is always quick to jump to conclusions when it comes to different people. This leads to many misconceptions and unknown realities about Deaf people and their way of life. So much is unknown about the Deaf world; for example, many do not know the qualifications for being deaf and the day to day activities deaf people can participate in. Everyone should be able to receive a chance to see inside the Deaf culture and be enlightened to the truth. If one were to ask to describe what being deaf…show more content…
When asked, deaf people reply they would much rather stay deaf than catapulted into a world they have no association with. A deaf person becoming hearing would be like a hearing person suddenly losing their ability to hear. That person would feel out of place and will lose the deep connection developed with the people from their similar culture. Doctor William Vicars, a deaf person himself, discusses the advantages of being part of the Deaf community. In his experience, his group of friends tend to congregate around the kitchen table instead of the living room couches because the lighting is better and there are less distractions. When deaf people meet for the first time, each exchanges a detailed biography of their lives: how long he/she has been deaf, how he/she became deaf, what he/she does for a living, etc. (2006). The Deaf communities’ mutual beliefs connects them in a very close way. They are much more personal and protective of everyone in their “family”. A deaf person transported into the Hearing world would lose the connection to their community where beliefs, values, traditions, and moral attitudes were
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