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American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture Studies: Deaf Culture and Disability Studies
This landmark documentary from 2000 portrays the true-life stories of two families who each have a deaf child as they decide whether or not to "cure" their child's deafness with medical technology. Why might some families choose not to do this? What might be gained or lost by doing so? And how do their choices play out? This nonfiction film was groundbreaking in introducing hearing Americans to the idea of Deaf culture, and how perspectives on Deafness differ within D/deaf communities. This full-length movie is 1 hour and 32 minutes long and is available to TCTC students through our AVON subscription.
What is Black American Sign Language? by The Language & Life Project at NC State University
Just like spoken American English has AAVE (African-American Vernacular English), American Sign Language has Black American Sign Language! This beautiful style of signing is summarized in this short video where Black American users of sign language express what it means to them.
This question comes up frequently and is hotly debated by the Deaf themselves, often requiring discussion of what "disability" means. The best approach to an answer is basing it off of each individual's needs and experiences, and always putting the voices of each individual and the Deaf community first. This page summarizes an online Deaf discussion forum thread where users contributed their ideas, often in disagreement with each other.
Is there a difference between "big D Deaf" and "little D deaf"? Is it okay to say "Hard-of-hearing" instead, and is there a difference between that and "hearing-impaired"? Yes, to all of this...and knowing when to say what matters! Learn the nomenclature here!
Let D/deaf people speak for themselves!
It's important to always, always put the thoughts, needs, values, and opinions of D/deaf people first in any conversation about Deaf culture or deafness. Deaf Internet users are making impassioned and skillful use of video-based social media, like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, to connect with each other and educate others on their lives and worlds. Check the "#deaf" hashtag and you'll find brilliant thinkers, spellbinding creatives, passionate persuaders, and comedians who'll crack you up!
History of deafness and sign languages in the present-day United States
The understanding of deafness as potentially not requiring a "cure" is a relatively recent development. This book is part memoir of the author's experiences and part history of attempts to treat or cure deafnesss in the United States from the 1860s to the present, as the author tries to find a new understanding of her own deafness.
Ever see a TTY phone number listed somewhere and wonder what that meant? This will explain it! The NAD offers comprehensive descriptions of technological aids and how to access them. Use the links in the sidebar on the right side of the page to learn about TTY technology, virtual relay services, closed captions, videochat, and more!
Deaf YouTube user Anna Fletcher tells the viewer her own point of view on cochlear implants compared to hearing aids. Anna provides just one possible perspective, so search out other Deaf users of these technologies for their experiences!
Anyone who's deaf or hard-of-hearing would want to use adaptive technologies to hear better, right? Not always! Deaf blogger Ahmed Khalifa explains why some Deaf prefer to go "EARS-BARE", that is, without adaptive aids.
Please note: Ahmed is British and uses British Sign Language, which is a whole different sign language from ASL. Watch him talk about different sign languages and the fact that there is no "universal sign language" here.
An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible, inclusive place.
Nothing about Us Without Us by James I. Charlton
Publication Date: 1998-03-27
Nothing About Us Without Us is the first book in the literature on disability to provide a theoretical overview of disability oppression that shows its similarities to, and differences from, racism, sexism, and colonialism. Charlton's analysis is illuminated by interviews he conducted over a ten-year period with disability rights activists throughout the world.
The Disability Studies Reader by Lennard J. Davis
Publication Date: 2013-05-02
The Fourth Edition of the Disability Studies Readerbreaks new ground by emphasizing the global, transgender, homonational, and posthuman conceptions of disability. Including physical disabilities, but exploring issues around pain, mental disability, and invisible disabilities, this edition explores more varieties of bodily and mental experience. New histories of the legal, social, and cultural give a broader picture of disability than ever before.
In this collection, Susan Burch and Michael Rembis present essays that integrate critical analysis of gender, race, historical context, and other factors to enrich and challenge the traditional modes of interpretation still dominating the field. Contributors delve into four critical areas of study within disability history: family, community, and daily life; cultural histories; the relationship between disabled people and the medical field; and issues of citizenship, belonging, and normalcy. As the first collection of its kind in over a decade, Disability Histories not only brings readers up to date on scholarship within the field but fosters the process of moving it beyond the U.S. and Western Europe by offering work on Africa, South America, and Asia.
Call Number: Available at Easley Campus and online via ABC-CLIO
Publication Date: 2018-12-07
This multivolume reference work provides an overview of challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities and their families at all stages of life. Once primarily thought of as a medical issue, disability is now more widely recognized as a critical issue of identity, personhood, and social justice. By discussing challenges confronting people with disabilities and their families and by collecting numerous accounts of disability experiences, this volume firmly situates disability within broader social movements, policy, and areas of marginalization, providing a critical examination into the lived experiences of people with disabilities and how disability can affect identity. A foundational introduction to disability for a wide audience--from those intimately connected with a person with a disability to those interested in the science behind disability--this collection covers all aspects of disability critical to understanding disability in the United States. Topics covered include characteristics of disability; disability concepts, models, and theories; important historical developments and milestones for people with disabilities; prominent individuals, organizations, and agencies; notable policies and services; and intersections of disability policy with other policy.