Deaf People Tell Us Which Questions Annoy Them the Most
- It is estimated that there are about 9 million people in the UK who are Deaf or hard of hearing
- Deafness is the third most common disability in the world but you probably wouldn’t spot a Deaf person in a crowd
- Most Deaf people don’t view their Deafness as a disability or as a problem that should be fixed. For many of them, it’s a natural part of a cultural experience that they share with friends, both Deaf and hearing
- Most Deaf people who use sign language use British Sign Language, or BSL. It’s a rich combination of hand gestures, facial expressions and body language
- BSL isn’t simply English with hand signs, it is a different language with its own grammar and sentence construction. While you would say “what is your name?” in English, a BSL user would sign, “your name, what?”
- You might assume that sign language across the world is the same – but actually British Sign Language is totally different to other sign languages such as American Sign Language or Japanese Sign Language
- Even the best lip-readers only catch less than half of the words said to them, natural facial expressions and hand gestures can really help
- 9 in every ten deaf children are born to hearing parents, but only 1 in 10 of those parents will learn sign language to be able to communicate fully with their son or daughter
- Deaf people embrace their Deafness and are proud of their history. There is a very strong sense of community and culture amongst Deaf people
- As a Deaf person you rely on your eyes for clues to what people are saying or feeling, and you rely on other clues like vibrations in floors to be aware of what is going on around you
Meet the Hands (& the Man) that Bring Chance the Rapper to the Deaf
No one has more fun at a Chance the Rapper show than Chance himself. But a close second, at stage left, is Matt Maxey—who, along with his company, DEAFinitely Dope, is translating the magic of Chance shows for deaf concertgoers. Ashley Fetters hung out with Maxey at Lollapalooza to find out how this hip-hop fan became “the deaf Kanye West.”
Meet the signing sensation who is making music more accessible for the deaf community. He’s even interpreted shows for Chance the Rapper. “When you provide that type of access, it’s life-changing,” says Matt Maxey, the founder of DEAFinitely Dope. https://cnn.it/2T9xNpU
“Music is life. Music is my passion. It’s my motivation. It’s my everything.”Maxey listens to music in a very different way than most. He was born with profound hearing loss. When he was very young, his mother and grandmother discovered that he couldn’t hear when they would turn on the vacuum cleaner behind his back. When he didn’t react, they began yelling. He didn’t flinch. His mother and a doctor decided to get him hearing aids and speech therapy so he could get used to communicating with the hearing world.
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There was no need to learn sign language. “She figured that with the way I read, I was smart and could learn sign language later in life.”Maxey says his level of hearing loss is like “trying to hear underwater.””Without hearing aids, I can hear about 25% of what’s going on. With hearing aids, I can hear about 60% to 75%.”
The BDA’s Community Development work is focussed on engaging with the sign language community to improve equality so they have the same rights and access and to everyday mainstream participation in society as their hearing peers
The BDA delivers this under five main themes to ensure a holistic 360 degree approach to engaging with and supporting the sign language community from cradle to grave. Our community development work falls under these themes as follows:
To develop ‘Access and Inclusion’ initiatives
Like BSL Charter, and Advocacy for deaf people as part of their equal rights in society
To act as “Capacity Builders”
By delivering courses in BSL to promote skills development, personal development, self-awareness, character and resilience for deaf people in order for them to become sustainable in their own community.
To develop a National ‘Deaf Roots and Pride’ mentoring and transitions programmes
To reach out to deaf young people and children who are in mainstream education and their parents to highlight BSL and Identity and to raise awareness of the existence of the deaf community where they can also belong.
To develop ‘Partnership Building’ initiatives
With regional deaf organisations and mainstream organisations working with deaf people to maximise outreach with minimum resources.
To develop and maintain a network of National, Regional and Local BDA engagement programmes and forums
To encourage deaf sign language users to meet up in order to promote face to face interaction, engage in consultations and make their voices/ signs heard. We are always looking to work more closely with service providers, voluntary sector agencies, funders and Deaf groups to help Deaf communities across the UK. If you are interested in working with the BDA on a community development initiative that falls within any of the above areas, please contact the number/email below:
Text/FaceTime: 07795 410724
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Community and Culture – Frequently Asked Questions
Question — What is the difference between a person who is “deaf,” “Deaf,” or “hard of hearing”?
The deaf and hard of hearing community is diverse. There are variations in how a person becomes deaf or hard of hearing, level of hearing, age of onset, educational background, communication methods, and cultural identity. How people “label” or identify themselves is personal and may reflect identification with the deaf and hard of hearing community, the degree to which they can hear, or the relative age of onset. For example, some people identify themselves as “late-deafened,” indicating that they became deaf later in life. Other people identify themselves as “deaf-blind,” which usually indicates that they are deaf or hard of hearing and also have some degree of vision loss. Some people believe that the term “people with hearing loss” is inclusive and efficient. However, some people who were born deaf or hard of hearing do not think of themselves as having lost their hearing. Over the years, the most commonly accepted terms have come to be “deaf,” “Deaf,” and “hard of hearing.”
“Deaf” and “deaf”
According to Carol Padden and Tom Humphries, in Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (1988):
We use the lowercase deaf when referring to the audiological condition of not hearing, and the uppercase Deaf when referring to a particular group of deaf people who share a language – American Sign Language (ASL) – and a culture. The members of this group have inherited their sign language, use it as a primary means of communication among themselves, and hold a set of beliefs about themselves and their connection to the larger society. We distinguish them from, for example, those who find themselves losing their hearing because of illness, trauma or age; although these people share the condition of not hearing, they do not have access to the knowledge, beliefs, and practices that make up the culture of Deaf people.