Some people want to remove the term of “Deaf” and replace it with a new word. I disagree. The term – Deaf – is an essential term to describe who we are.
Discussion about Deafness Paradigm and Deafhood Paradigm. We need to make many new ideas to help us understand ourselves better in various ways. I strongly encourage people to make new idea about Deafhood via paradigms and paradigm shifts.
In response of Kathryn’s question about opportunities in my previous vlog, Deafhood: AWAKENING!!!
Awakening is a new insight and understanding about your Deaf experience and identity based on past, present and future individually and collectively.
Respect all languages including ASL. People who belittle any language have no respect for people who create their own language. All languages have their own unique rules and grammars. No language is perfect
To clarify the concept of Deafhood – individualism and collectivism. Focus on group discussion. It is just the point of information about collectivism/groups.
I forgot to add “Constitution” to my Canada and the United States comment about the freedom of assembly. Yes Great Britain has its own freedom of assembly and association. There are some other countries that have similar freedom.
Deafhood is not, however, a ’static’ medical condition like ‘deafness.’ Instead, it represents a process – the struggle by each Deaf child, Deaf family and Deaf adult to explain to themselves and each other their own existence in the world. In sharing their lives with each other as a community, and enacting those explanations rather than writing books about them, Deaf people are engaged in a daily praxis (practice, not theory), a continuing internal and external dialogue.” (Ladd, 2003:3)