Facts About the Deaf You May Not Have Known
Almost twenty two
million people in America alone are Deaf, or hard of hearing to some
extent. With such a vast number of people sharing the same quality
you can bet there are some interesting and surprising facts about
Deaf history and their contributions to modern day society. It
affects both men and women, children and elderly and has a culture
that is not only beautiful but is completely unique in its art,
literature, language and even behaviors. Here are the ten best facts
surrounding Deaf culture:
- A liberal
arts college for the Deaf named Gallaudet University was the
originator of the “huddle” we see while watching football. They
didn’t want other team to see each other’s signs/ plays thus the
protective “huddle –up.”
Sign Language has been recognized and linguistically defined as a
completely separate language just like English, French, or Spanish.
was profoundly deaf when he composed the ninth symphony.
- William Hoy
of the Cincinnati Reds was the original creator of the hand signs in
baseball that are still in play today.
- Deaf drivers
have a better driving record than hearing abled drivers.
telephone originally created by Alexander Graham Bell was meant to
be a hearing aide type device for his deaf wife and mother.
- To make up
for the lack of hearing deaf people have vastly better senses. It is
proven that their touch, smell, and taste is all heightened to
compensate for being deaf.
- Scuba divers
are known for using and teaching ASL for use underwater, as it
provides a way to communicate and aids in underwater safety.
- John Gregg
the inventor of shorthand writing is also deaf.
are proud to be deaf! Deaf culture is so profound because of its
constant positivity, support and advocating of themselves and each
other. Those who identify as Deaf are not ashamed and recognize that
it is not a disability, but a way of living!
If you are
studying ASL or are looking to learn more about the beauty of Deaf
culture and the people behind the movement there is no shortage of
valuable information online. When we take the time to really immerse
ourselves in another person’s world, it can be a wonderful surprise
to see the kind of information we unearth!