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Running head: [SHORTENED TITLE UP TO 50 CHARACTERS] 1 Module 3: Discussion 3 Post Novakovic, Lindsey (#B02005390) 2019FA1-HUSV-2013-02: Introduction to Human Services SUNY Empire State College
[SHORTENED TITLE UP TO 50 CHARACTERS] 2 Abstract 1. How familiar are you with Deaf culture? a. Do you have friends or family members who are deaf? b. What sorts of experiences have you had with deaf individuals? 2. How could an agency become culturally competent with respect to Deaf culture? a. How can you, as a human service professional, become culturally competent with respect to Deaf culture?
[SHORTENED TITLE UP TO 50 CHARACTERS] 3 Module 3: Discussion 3 Post Deaf culture Deaf culture can be defined as the shared “beliefs, mores, artistic expressions, behaviors, understanding, and language expressions that Deaf people use” (Leigh, Andrews and Harris, 2018, pp. 6-7). Deaf culture, like many cultures, can be “inherited” at birth, or adopted later in life once one has met culturally Deaf people (p. 7). To the Deaf community, being deaf is not an impairment, handicap, hindrance, or loss, but rather a “positive attribute or gain” (p. 7). Leigh, Andrews and Harris (2018) summarize: . . . using the term Deaf culture is a search for the Deaf self, the way of being Deaf, through analyzing what it means to be a complete Deaf person, not a person who is incomplete because of the lack of hearing. (Leigh, Andrews and Harris 2018, p. 7) The Deaf’s inability to hear/hear in the same way others are able is entirely ineffective in measuring their worth as human beings. Think of it this way: some people are “geniuses” in subjects like math while others or not; it does not mean that those who are not math geniuses are impaired, dumb, disabled, or any version of negative label you might think of, but rather, that their skill at math is different —this difference is just a trait of their being. It makes them no more or no less of a human being capable of expression,
[SHORTENED TITLE UP TO 50 CHARACTERS] 4 creativity, understanding and belonging to a community that shares the same values, morals, beliefs, and experiences.

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