Today, it has become widely accepted that being deaf or hearing-impaired is not a disability and the Deaf-world is being recognized as a culture in its own right.
The new Dictionary of Cultural Literacy defines culture as: “The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next.”
This definition may need further clarification, however, when it comes to the Latino Deaf community, where the majority of Deaf Latinos communicate through one language, American Sign Language (ASL), while parents and other family members’ main language is Spanish. Can one use one culture’s language within another and still feel truly part of it?…