It is approximated that there are nearly 1,000,000 deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. This spans across all races, genders, socioeconomic standings, and age groups. Deaf people have long been marginalized and pitied by the hearing majority. Years of oppression and disregard have given life to an entire culture happening within a dominate hearing ideology. This culture questions the meaning of disability and pushes back against the assumptions of superiority that are often innate to the majority group. In the culture there are clear distinctions between “deaf” and “Deaf”, the former is a condition and the latter is a culture made up of thousands of people who share only one thing, the inability to hear. In this paper, I hope to show you the meaningful and intriguing lives of the Deaf. Many have doubted the legitimacy of the Deaf community, however; under more examination, it is clear they are a part of a diverse and thriving culture.
In this paper, we will be looking at a number of different topics that influence the Deaf culture. Firstly, we will examine the history of the Deaf culture. This history includes the history of oppression and ignorance legitimacy of their language, American Sign Language, and the influential figures in the culture. Next, we will try to outline the struggles faced by the Deaf community today, mainly deaf families and prospects available to Deaf adults. Finally, there will be an analysis of Deaf pride and its impacts on the subject of cochlear implants. All these topics will be examined in this paper in order to obtain a better understanding of the Deaf community and culture.
We will begin this examination with the history of Deaf culture. Throughout American...
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...the development of Darwinism. The article states:
With the development of Darwinian Theory in the mid-nineteenth century, European and American scientists established hierarchical scales of intelligence and culture that verified European domination. The authors deftly tie imperialist adventures into Africa and Asia, justified scientifically by Europeans, to "linguistic imperialism" under which deaf persons were denigrated as primitive and atavistic and forced to learn spoken languages in place of their natural language of signing.
In the same year Sign Language was banned the Deaf created an advocacy group. The National Association of Deaf (NAD) was the first advocacy group lead by Deaf for the Deaf and remains the most active today. It’s creation was meant to combat the ideals that the deaf were genetically inferior however that belief continued to gain popularity.
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