What is Deaf Culture?

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Just like any culture or sub-culture, Deaf Culture is a group of individuals who share knowledge, values, art, customs, and behaviors that are derived from a shared language, history, and commonality. Within Deaf Culture the word “deaf” is often recorded in writing and sign with a capital D and is referred to as “big D deaf”. People who identify with being Deaf do not consider their lack of hearing to be a “loss” or an “impairment”.  They are proud of their language, their community, and their culture.

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