Deaf world

The Deaf-World is what Deaf people call their culture with its unique language and institutions. Deaf-Worlds exist in many lands, wherever Deaf people communicate primarily in sign language and are connected by a culture that is recognizably their own, with common values, mores, and goals. Here in the U.S. and in Canada, most culturally Deaf people who are members of the Deaf-World use ASL as their primary language. The Deaf-World has touched millions with its vibrant language, enduring culture, and close-knit community.

About the ASL

ASL is a visual and manual language made up of signs created with the hands, facial expressions, and body posture and movement. ASL conveys ideas, information, and emotion with as much range, complexity, and versatility as spoken languages. But a question arises whether every individual in the deaf world uses American Sign Language. Answer to this question is simply no. There is no universal form of sign language. Like spoken languages, sign languages are different in different countries or regions. Japanese Deaf people use Japanese Sign Language, Deaf Swedes use Swedish Sign Language, and Deaf Brazilians use Brazilian Sign Language. Regional variations of sign languages also exist within countries, including the United States. A Deaf New Yorker who relocates to Alabama will quickly learn a variety of signs never seen in New York.

About the people in the deaf world

There is always a confusion as to who is being considered as a deaf and who is considered as hearing impaired. "Hearing impaired," is a malfunction or defect, putting the focus on the absence of hearing. Culturally Deaf people, who are proud to regard themselves as a minority language group does, not share this medical, or pathological viewpoint. It is more acceptable to refer to a Deaf person as Deaf. It also have been a doubt in our mind as to how these special people would communicate with the person who do not know the sign language and specially the one who has got an importance in their life like the doctors, lawyers, etc. Because of the importance of communication, Deaf people prefer to have a certified and trusted sign language interpreter assist them when visiting their doctor, lawyer, or other professional. In a few rare situations, because of sensitive or personal information, they may choose to rely on other methods, but in general, it is easier, as well as safer, to rely on a highly qualified and experienced sign language interpreter to ensure effective communication.

Deaf events
Attendance at Deaf events is an excellent way to improve receptive skills, learn how Deaf people talk about various topics, learn about Deaf culture, network with those who may provide valuable information in the future, provide reciprocity through...

Deaf products
Since 1982, Harris Communications has been the one-stop source for sign language books, TTYs, amplified telephones, signalers and vibrating clocks and more! From wireless pagers and assistive listening devices to sign language CDs, DVDs, books,...

Deaf telephone
Phoning in an order for a pepperoni pizza can be a cumbersome process for a deaf person, but new telecommunications services may deliver a better way. Now consider making a telephone call to your mother. You pick up the phone, dial the number and...

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