Where is the largest deaf community?


Why is it important to understand deaf culture?

“Deaf culture is important because it allows individuals to be who they are,” O’Banion explained, “and live in a way that is unique to them. There’s more to a person than whether or not they can hear, so don’t just focus on their ears.”

Can you drive if your deaf?

There is no reason why a deaf person cannot learn to drive either a manual or automatic car. However, be aware that passing by your test in an automatic you are only allowed to drive automatics and would face another test to drive a manual. If you pass in a manual you can drive either.

How does the deaf community view themselves?

Deaf people do not perceive themselves as having lost something (i.e., hearing) and do not think of themselves as handicapped, impaired, or disabled. They celebrate and cherish their culture because it gives them the unique privilege of sharing a common history and language.

Do deaf people forget how do you talk?

You won’t lose your voice, though you may develop a “deaf accent” so to speak. You will still be able to communicate clearly. It doesn’t completely take away the ability for people to understand you.

What does the deaf community need?

In school, whether it is college or the k-12 years, deaf students have a need for clear communication in order to maximize their education. Accommodations, which can include an ASL interpreter, are very necessary. College can present extra challenges with hearing people who do not know how to sign.

Can a deaf person hear themselves talk in their head?

Primarily though, most completely deaf people think in sign language. Similar to how an “inner voice” of a hearing person is experienced in one’s own voice, a completely deaf person sees or, more aptly, feels themselves signing in their head as they “talk” in their heads.

Who is included in the deaf community?

The community may include hearing family members of deaf people and sign-language interpreters who identify with Deaf culture. It does not automatically include all people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.