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...ts, friends from friends, and the "powerful" from the "powerless." This problem that is sometimes overlooked is a very large one.
My hope is that some day this language will have the appreciation and acceptance that is deserved. People will realize that we don't need to change the language at all; we can learn from this minority instead. Those people who think of deafness as a hearing impairment, should think of themselves as signing-impaired. Deaf people use their eyes instead of their ears. They substitute signs for words; they use what they have. Their attitudes reflect that they are proud of who they are, not ashamed of or disappointed in their deafness.
Being Deaf doesn't have to mean being silent. Approval by the rest of society would give them the recognition and acceptance they deserve and need to truly live full lives.
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