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Deaf culture constitutes an ethnic group of people who primarily use ASL. It is a rich global community with its own unique lifestyle. Members have a proud history, their own style of performing arts and theater, religious congregations, clubs and groups, and Deaf education. It is up to each individual to choose to identify him or herself as deaf, Deaf (part of Deaf culture), or hard of hearing. One can be hard of hearing and choose to belong to the Deaf community.

PBS: Through Deaf Eyes
This documentary highlights many of the options provided to families and the decisions they make. Additional topics include perspectives of Deaf culture, Deaf history, education, cochlear implants, and family stories.

American Deaf Culture
The following source briefly introduces American Deaf culture, its language, behaviors, values, and traditions.


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