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6. How would you define deaf culture? spacer
Debate Questions Menu:

1. Position on Cochlear Implants

2. Cochlear Implant Candidates

3. Advice on Cochlear Implants

4. Cochlear Implant Success Rate

5. Psychological Effects of Cochlear Implants

6. Deaf Culture

7. Cochlear Implants and Deaf Culture

8. Who Is Part of Deaf Culture?

9. Cochlear Implants and Sign Language

10. Cochlear Implants and Deaf Education

Donna Sorkin,
Alexander Graham Bell Association
Nancy Bloch
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I would defer to my colleagues from NAD to define deaf culture.

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Nancy Bloch's Rebuttal:
I want to emphasize that deaf culture is by no means closed to those who do not know sign language. The arts, even music, and other forms of expression are an important part of deaf culture, as is true for other world cultures. The degree of identification with deaf culture varies with the individual, ranging from those who are native signers and hearing children of deaf parents to those who learn sign later in life. All in all, those who see and appreciate various world cultures are more receptive to the richness that the deaf cultural experience has to offer.
 
 
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Nancy Bloch,
The National Association of the Deaf
Nancy Bloch
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Deaf culture should be viewed in the same sense as other world cultures; that is, sharing a defined language, heritage and norms. Sign language discourse and shared experiences are vitally important to those who ascribe to deaf culture. Such persons also function equally as successfully in the mainstream hearing culture — contrary to popular belief that the deaf and hearing worlds are totally separate.

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Donna Sorkin's Rebuttal:
I agree with Nancy's comments.


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