The Deaf Community: An Introduction
Useful For: Audiologists, Disability Services Professionals, Employers, New Users, Teachers, Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals
It often comes as a surprise to people that many deaf individuals refer to themselves as being members of the Deaf community and ascribe to Deaf culture. These individuals view themselves as a unique cultural and linguistic minority who use sign language as their primary language. The characteristics of Deaf culture are formed out of many shared life experiences rooted in a visual world designed for communication ease.