Deaf culture

Culture is defined as a way of life and learned ways of acting, feeling and thinking based on a group who share common language, beliefs, values, traditions, social norms, and identity in a society. The culture includes language, values, traditions, social norms and identity.

Deaf culture is the culture of Deaf people based on a signed language and values, traditions and behaviour norms specific to the Deaf community. Deaf culture offers a strong sense of belonging and takes a socio-cultural point of view of deafness.

At Canadian Hearing Services, we respect and celebrate the various cultures of our clients and staff members, including their right to communicate in whatever way they are most comfortable. We are proud to incorporate an introduction to Deaf culture as part of our American Sign Language (ASL) classes

To learn more about Deaf culture, please view our video modules below presented in ASL with English captions.