Deaf Culture

There are two perspectives regarding deafness. The first perspective is deafness as a disability. The second perspective is viewed as Deaf individuals being members of a cultural, linguistic minority. This presentation will discuss these perspectives and discuss concepts of identity and American Sign Language.

About the Presenter

Deron Emmons, MSW, LSW, TTS graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Gallaudet is the only liberal arts university in the world specifically for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. He then earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. Deron is Deaf and has more than 19 years of experience in Deaf-related work. American Sign Language (ASL) is his natural language and he has taught college level ASL classes for 7 years at Wright State University. Deron's work experience includes Alcohol and Drug prevention education for Deaf and hard of hearing youth, presentations on Deaf Culture and its aspects throughout the state of Ohio, and leadership trainings for Deaf and hard of hearing youth and adults. He is currently the co-owner of Interpreters of the Deaf, a Deaf owned communication service.

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