There are a couple of reasons why I wanted to research into the Deaf culture. The first reason is, I took American Sign Language (ASL) as a language during my four years of high school. This class was not just to learn the language, but it was also to learn about the culture too. Also I had a deaf teacher who taught this course, so I was learning how to communicate better with people who are deaf. The class really amazed me, and wanted me to explore more about it. Another reason why I chose this topic is because my mother is a speech therapist. She helps mostly deaf children to learn the English language. For my mother’s personal benefits she took the time to learn their language, ASL. My mother told me that most deaf people do not like speech therapists since they make them talk, but since my mom learned their language she told me they accepted her into their community. There is just so much to learn about with the the Deaf culture. The way I started to research the Deaf culture was going to Google Search and typing in “Deaf culture”. There were many websites to go to, but the best one was surprisingly Wikipedia, which I used as a secondary source. On wikipedia it had a reference page of authors and sources, so this really helped me go into more research. I took the references the page gave me and did a search on that where I got more information of deaf studies and their culture. I then got some scholarly books about the Deaf culture, like “Reading Between the Signs” by Anna Mindess and “Understanding Deaf Culture” by Paddy Ladd, just to name a few. My research then turns into researching more detailed things through the culture, like the behavior in the Deaf culture or the diversity in the deaf culture. Also I made an observation attending a Deaf culture event when I was home for Thanksgiving Break. This was a very different experience for me to see. I went to a Starbucks, because every other Friday they hold a Deaf event there. When I attended the event it was very overwhelming to me. You would think it would be silent with no
talking going on, but it was loud. People had their car radios blasting with music, not so they can hear it but so they can feel it. They would sit on their cars to feel the vibration and the beat. I thought that was really cool and was really an “aha” moment for me. I then conclude everything with my thoughts and opinions about the Deaf culture, and how I view it. Diversity in Deaf Culture The Deaf culture is diverse in many ways. According to researcher Anna Mindess, “there is not just one homogenous Deaf culture” (Mindess, 2006, p.79). In fact the Deaf culture reaches out...