Deaf History and Culture

Deaf History and Culture

Deaf History

  • Understand the historical significance of the deaf community and the impact of significant events on the community as a whole.
  • Familiarise with the historical leaders and figures who have played a key role in promoting deaf rights and improving the status of deaf people.
  • Gain proficiency in understanding the developments of sign language throughout history and the changes in its use and acceptance within wider society.
  • Recognise the impact of key legislation like the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and Equality Act on the lives of deaf people.
  • Acknowledge the influence of advancements in technology for deaf people such as cochlear implants, hearing aids, and video relay services.

Deaf Culture

  • Develop your understanding of the unique traits of deaf culture such as the value placed on visual communication and a shared language.
  • Learn about the role of deaf clubs and their influence on reinforcing communal bonds and promoting a sense of identity and belonging.
  • Acquaint yourself with the concept of Deafhood, a term used to describe the positive aspects of Deaf culture and identity.
  • Comprehend the difference between the medical and social models of deafness and how they perceive and address deafness and hearing loss.
  • Form an understanding of the traditions, values, and norms of the deaf community and how these permeate into daily life.
  • Be aware of the ongoing struggle and activism of the deaf community towards achieving recognition, equality, and respect in society.

Deaf Education

  • Understand the evolution of deaf education through influential periods such as oralism and manualism, and their impact on deaf people.
  • Grasp the profound influence of the Milan Conference of 1880 on the use of sign language in education.
  • Familiarise with the principle of bilingual education in the deaf community, involving the use of sign language and written/spoken language.
  • Gain knowledge about the importance of inclusive education and the benefits it has on enhancing the academic and social development of deaf individuals.

Remember that repetition and use of these signs during your daily conversations will aid your fluency and expression in British Sign Language. Always remain receptive to learning and respecting the nuances of the deaf culture and history.