Deaf Culture Articles

Incidental Information You Don't Get when You're Deaf

Incidental Information You Don't Get when You're Deaf

By Marta Belsky
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hearing people have access to “incidental information” all the time. They overhear conversations, they hear comments and remarks on the radio and television. Even background noises count as incidental information. This is called “hearing privilege.”  You don’t even think about it happening because it just does. How often can you actually pinpoint the exact moment you learned a new piece of information? Most of us forget where or how we came by the knowledge we have. We just know what we know. Here are some examples of when hearing people get information that deaf people do not...
Why Not to Buy Manual Alphabet Cards from Peddlers

Why Not to Buy Manual Alphabet Cards from Peddlers

By Marta Belsky
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We are constantly posting tips, facts, and learning resources related to sign language and Deaf culture on our Twitter @SigningSavvy.  Occasionally we get questions about our tweets and explain them further with a followup article, like this one: At the airport I was approached by a deaf person selling manual alphabet cards. Should I buy one? Answer: No! No! No! #Deaf #ASL
Signing People's Names in American Sign Language

Signing People's Names in American Sign Language

By John Miller
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Signs for common names? My name is John, which, as you may guess, is a pretty common name. The benefit of having a common name growing up is that whenever I went into a gift shop that had items with names on them, such as cups, buttons, belts, or what-have-you, I could always find one with my name on it. In sign langage, unlike the items in the gift shop, there is no sign for John. That is, there is no ...