152MC – Deaf Culture
Deaf culture is like any other culture in the world. Deafness can be passed down through generations, just like many aspects of other cultures. Deaf culture is not identified with a location like Chinatown for example. The deaf community is he amount of people who are deaf who use sign language. Just like, American sign language in comparison to English sign language, although they are different, they are linked to each other. The deaf community is formed by themselves. It is not an inevitable community. It is up to the people if they want to be apart of the culture or not. The deaf culture exists due to deaf people meeting other deaf people. The need to be together, chill out, have fun, relax and enjoy everything together. The people who are educated at deaf schools develop their own deaf network once they finish schooling, to keep in touch with everyone. Many deaf people take on the role of leadership, to bring deaf people together. For example, Alison is head of a deaf bowls society, who play with other deaf bowls groups around the world. This becomes the core of a deaf community.
All cultures consists of many different factors. Language, values, traditions, norms and identity. The deaf culture meets all of these aspects which define what culture is. Communication is not a weak point in a deaf community, which is a weakness outside of it. The deaf do not depend on an interpreter inside the community, therefore they see themselves as people who do not have a disability. The deaf culture is there to help the deaf become sane with the world. This culture permits great opportunities for leadership, social skills and self confidence to grow. Deaf children are able to socialise with different deaf children, which will help them develop their sign language and interaction.
Schooling for the deaf are naturally involved with this culture. They have the access to the deaf environment which school brings for them, such as after school activities. However, the lack of support in the classroom and the ability to interact with other deaf people can result in isolation and segregation. Some places do not have deaf schools which are close enough, so without this community base, the culture will not exist. Residential Deaf schools are at the root of the Deaf community. They are at the root of maintaining and expanding cultural development when Deaf students finish school. Mainstreamed adults can enjoy the same opportunity. They are part of the Deaf community and so share in its culture.