deafist means a few of things.
Let me translate for you: this is the argument that claims deaf people are not really people who tragically can't hear, but in fact are an identity group -- like ``Chinese-Australian'', or ``gay'', or ``people of colour'' -- with their own culture.
I consider myself to be an deafist instead of saying "I'm Irish" or "Native american"
Because I rather to say "I'm Deaf!" Got it ?