"An Introduction to the Deaf Community"

"An Introduction to the Deaf Community" - AS L 1 Assignment...

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ASL 1 – Assignment #1 Videotape Reaction The videotape “An Introduction to the Deaf Community” explores the culture, language and customs of the deaf community. It provides a basic overview of deaf Americans in a culturally sensitive way. The video breaks down common misconceptions about deaf individuals and introduces the viewer to national and international organizations that support the goals of the Deaf community. It also offers advice on communicating with deaf people in an inoffensive way. There are twenty-five million people who are either deaf or have hearing loss. Of those, ten percent use sign language as their primary way of communication. Speaking is not necessary for communication. Communication is contingent upon the transfer of information, ideas and thoughts between people. The deaf use sign language to communicate with one another. It is an integral part of their interaction and socialization. Sign language uses hand shapes, movement of the hands, arms, bodies and facial expressions to converse. I was surprised to learn that sign language is not simply symbols and finger-signing, but is, in fact, a foreign
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2008 for the course ASL U101 taught by Professor Lipsky during the Fall '07 term at Northeastern.

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