Deaf Culture Articles
Closed captioning took well over 30 years to appear after the onset of television programming. With laws now in place to mandate closed captioning for all new video programming, Deaf and hard of hearing consumers may finally make the most of watching television. However, captions benefit more than just the deaf — second language viewers, elderly with hearing issues, children learning to read, and really anyone watching a movie or show with audio that may be unclear at times (like characters speaking quickly or excitedly or with an accent) or when watching in a loud environment.
How does a deaf person feel when a hearing person approaches them in public and tries to use sign language?
Should a hearing person approach an unfamiliar deaf person in public and try signing? Read the article to learn about social cues and keeping common courtesies in mind.
Classifications of Deafness By Age
Classifications are used to categorize deafness based on WHEN someone becomes deaf. Read the article to learn the terminology for these classifications.
Do deaf people ever wish they were hearing?
Read this thoughtful commentary on whether or not deaf people wish to be hearing.
How do people become deaf?
There are several causes of deafness. Read the article to learn about specific causes.
2022 International Day of Sign Languages and International Week of Deaf People
The International Day of Sign Languages will be celebrated on Friday, September 23, 2022 with the theme, "Sign Language Unites Us!" Read the article to learn more about celebrating the Day, as well as the International Week of Deaf People.
Do all deaf people benefit from hearing aids?
Are hearing aids a good solution for all deaf people? Read the article to get more perspective on the use of hearing aids.
What is Fingerspelling?
Are you wondering what fingerspelling means, or when to fingerspell words? Are you interested in learning good ways of practicing fingerspelling? Read the article for some very helpful information.
What is the correct terminology when referring to deaf people?
Do you know the difference between the terms Deaf and deaf? Read the article to become culturally aware of the terminology accepted for referring to deaf people.
Name Signs: What Are They and How Does a Person Get a Name Sign?
What is a name sign, how do you use it in conversation, and how are name signs given? Read the article to find the answers.