Deaf Culture

Deaf culture was started in order to cooperate with those having inability in hearing. The members of these cultures communicates by the help of sign languages. There are over 200 sign languages used in this world for communicating with the one who is unable to listen. Here in this article we are going to discuss the characteristics, values and beliefs of deaf cultures :

Values And Beliefs

  • They value in showing a positive attitude towards deafs. They consider deafness as a reality and believe that this is not a weakness which needs to be fixed.
  • Sign languages are majorly used in deaf culture. Some of them also condemn the surgeries for cochlear implant.
  • The people belonging to this culture value the use of sign languages such as American Sign Language (ASL) or British Sign Language (BSL). The three symbolic systems for representing these languages are spoken English, written English and signed English.
  • They strongly condemn against all the differences between deaf and the hearing people.
  • Deaf culture in United States is often implemented among a number of people or groups.

Behaviour Characteristics

  • Culturally, these people have a right of getting etiquette attention, communication facilities through sign languages and polittle instructions about environment.
  • These people mostly inform other deafs also that what is happening in their environment.
  • The deaf can be more direct , blunt or rude as compared to the one hearing him/her.
  • While introducing themselves, the deaf people often prefer to find people like them, which relatively decreases their community.
  • The deaf people should consider time more importantly like if the person is student then he/she should go soon in the lecture hall so they get an appropriate seat in class which provides them an appropriate visual look of the lecture.

 Usage Of Technology

  • Particularly in United States the deaf relies on technology, the software-driven video phones are used by deafs to to carry telephonic conversations with family and friends. Devices like TTY are also used by deafs who have not a good internet connection near their place.
  • Technology also plays an important role when you talk about face to face talks. For example, when a person having hearing loss meets a hearing person they normally talk to each other by help of a notepad on their phones. The technology has helped here to take place of a human sensemaking deaf to understand what is going around.
  • There is a great importance of social media in the life of deafs which helps deafs to find each other and build a relationship among them. Many deaf people have found other deaf people around the world through social media.
  • While talking about televisions, there must be closed captions available for every broadcast so that the deaf can understand what is going im the broadcast.
  • Alert systems like flashing lights or vibrating pillows are used for the deafs to alert them in an alarming situation.

Deaf culture is found to be quite helpful for the deafs to appreciate their weakness and make them understand that they should not feel shattered about not having this sense available for them.