I was watching a video this morning and that questioned, “What do you know about deaf and/or hearing culture, specifically about deaf culture?” Many hearing people answered with "deaf people", which is naturally typical of those who have begun to understand what their own culture is. Perhaps this is why it is a good idea for those who live outside of their own culture to study other cultures. This will, in turn, allow them to begin to understand their own culture. A comment in that video mentioned that the person did not realize that they had their own culture until they learned about deaf culture.
Here is the video explaining the differences in deaf and hearing cultures. There are some other videos as well, which are equally informative. I will continue the discussion of culture next week. In the meantime, consider what culture is and how it applies to you as a human. Human culture is the paramount of all cultures.
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.